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Are camels the future of cement factories in the United Arab Emirates?

As part of the United Arab Emirates government's ambitious plan to divert all waste from landfill by 2021, local farmers have had a more environmentally friendly idea: to produce fuel from camel droppings to power a large cement plant's boiler.

After cow dung, it is time for camel dung to be reusable. In Ras Al-Khaimah, in the northern emirate, farmers had the brilliant idea of using the 72,000 kg of excrement produced daily by their 9,000 camels for ecological purposes.

Used as fuel, each kilogram of excrement is collected and discharged at collection stations before being mixed with coal to produce fuel for the boiler of a large cement plant, Gulf Cement Company. Today, the company uses 50 tonnes of camel dung per day to power its boilers.

Camel excrement, a more ecological material

While the idea may make people smile, it seems to fit perfectly into the future plans of the United Arab Emirates. With its objective of diverting the landfilling of 75% of its waste by 2021, the country is trying in many ways to reduce its carbon emissions and at the same time stimulate its circular economy in which resources are used several times to minimize waste.