Saudi Arabia is now home to the world's first camel hotel

A team of more than 50 staff are on hand to provide hot milk, room service and grooming…

There’s plenty of luxury hotels in the pipeline for across Saudi Arabia, but the latest addition has a unique target market. Unveiled during the the sixth King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, which is currently ongoing in the north-east of Riyadh, is Rest Assured – the world’s first camel hotel.

According to a video posted to Saudi Camel Club, the world’s first camel hotel is operated by a team of more than 50 staff, and provides five-star service for up to 120 four-legged guests, including hot milk, meals and even grooming. Just like with a traditional hotel, there’s check-in and check-out times, room services, and upgrades camel owners can book.

“The hotel is called ‘Tetaman’ [Rest Assured] and includes 120 hotel rooms that provide all services for camels. More than 50 people are employed in this hotel across room services, care, attention, grooming, and protection services as well,” said Mohammed Al Harbi, spokesman for the Saudi Camel Club.

As per Mr Al Harbi, rates for an overnight stay at the hotel currently start at SAR 400.

The King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival draws a global audience of typically more than 100,000 people a day, with some 1,800 participants from the Gulf, US, Australia, France and Russia coming together for the event. In a landmark move this year, the camel festival also featured 33 female camel owners for the first time, who entered animals into a beauty contest at the festival.