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World Cup tourists put strain on Qatar camels

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESS Mesaieed, Qatar - 25 November 20221. Mid of people on camels HEADLINE: World Cup tourists put strain on Qatar camels2. Various of tourists on camels and taking photosANNOTATION: World Cup fans in Qatar are heading to the desert outside Doha to get their perfect Instagram moment: riding a camel in the dunes.3. Tourists waiting in line for their turn to ride a camelANNOTATION: But as Qatar welcomes more than a million fans to the tournament, even the camels are working overtime.4. Camel handler pulling camels with tourists on themANNOTATION: This weekend, hundreds of visitors in soccer uniforms waited for their turn to mount the humpbacked animals.ANNOTATION: Camels that did not get up immediately were forced up by some handlers. But others say the camels need to rest.5. Camel sitting down with tourist on its back6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ali Jaber al Ali, Camel handler:"Everyone wants to ride the camels. A lot of people don't know anything about the camels, they just want to ride the camel. I am the only one with very close contact with the camels so I can tell when they are tired. If they worked hard or I had 30 or 40 people ride them. I am sure they will be tired. I have to give them time to rest and give them water."7. Various of tourists on camelsANNOTATION: Some animals showed their frustration by refusing to get up. When that happens, they say they give them a break and some water.ANNOTATION: Before the World Cup, camel handlers say they had around 20 rides a day, now they're fetching around 1,000.8. Camels walking up sand dune carrying touristsSTORYLINE:World Cup fans arriving in droves to the desert outside Doha were ready for their perfect Instagram moment: riding a camel onto the rolling dunes.As Qatar welcomes more than a million fans for the month-long World Cup, even its camels are working overtime.An influx of visitors in numbers the tiny emirate has never before seen, have rushed to check off a bucket-list of quintessential Gulf tourist experiences: to ride on a camel's back, take a photograph with a falcon and wander through the old market.On a recent Friday afternoon, hundreds of visitors in soccer uniforms or draped in flags waited for their turn to mount the humpbacked animals.Animals that did not rise were forced up by their handlers. One camel let out a loud grunt while a group of Mexican fans played brassy norteño music as they waited.The animals' handlers are also cashing in on a chance to make several times more money than they normally would."Everyone wants to ride and take photos," said Ali Jaber al Ali, a 49-year-old Sudanese camel herder who has lived in Qatar for 15 years.On an average weekday before the World Cup, he might have fetched 20 rides a day. But since the soccer championship started, there had been 500 rides in the morning, followed by another 500 in the evening, al Ali said.He had 20 camels but had to get more to keep up with the demand.Al Ali recognised the need for camels to rest and said he tries to identify when the camel needs a break.Sometimes camels show their frustration by sitting down after getting up or refusing to get up in the first place.When Al Ali sees that, he makes sure to give the animal the break they need before getting them back to work.AP Video Shot by: Lujain Jo ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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