King Abdulaziz Camel Festival kicks off in Riyadh

STORY: Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Take a look inside Saudi Arabia’s annual camel festival

The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival runs for 45 days and features daily auctions

Camels can fetch anything from $4,000 for an ordinary domestic animal

to $270,000 for a prize specimen

Organizers and participants say that Saudis' 'obsession' with camels have made prices soar

with one animal's price reaching nearly $5.5 million

[Naif Al-Rajhi, Camel owner]

“We are more than obsessed with camels. This obsession is considered a normal thing. We must preserve this heritage of ours and preserve the heritage of our fathers and grandfathers and the pleasure that we feel. We enjoy camels, in which there is a pleasure that observers will never know it until they live this experience.”