Eco-friendly travel system to transport tourists across the city
High speed camel-drawn rickshaws should be used to transport holidaymakers around Bahrain says a top tourism expert.
The proposed scheme will be tested until noon today and is the brainchild of Manila-based holiday consultant Adolfo Sprilay.
"Tourists in Bahrain are used to the glitz and glamour of five star hotels and shopping malls. But these things come at the expense of more traditional experiences. A camel-drawn rickshaw is a great way to give start a holiday here," said Mr. Sprilay.
"Horse-drawn carriages in New York and donkey rides in the Mediterranean are proven successes with tourists. It is only natural that Bahrain would make have a localised version of the trip," Mr. Sprilay told Time Out in a telephone interview.
If today's trial is successful a total of 275 camels will be kept in an aircraft hanger in the airport. An average will cost around Dhs90 and will last approximately one hour. A camel can gallop at a rate of around 45 miles per hour and an express lane for business travelers will also be offered.
"This is a totally eco-friendly solution. There is no carbon footprint on this scheme. Other than the camel hot air there is no environmental effect of the rickshaws," Mr. Sprilay said.
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