CAMENET is a network consisting of 9 camel rearing countries (Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) dedicated to dromedary camel heath and husbandry. It was officially launched during the OIE annual assembly meeting of the regional committee in Paris in May 2016.
CAMENET started as an initiative of the Biological Standards Commission of the OIE, to exchange knowledge and assist member countries to better control camel diseases in the Middle East region and neighboring countries. For this reason, a GF-TADs sub-regional meeting on camel diseases was held during 14-16 February 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The meeting stressed the importance of the network and recommended the establishment of a sub-regional network on camel diseases (CAMENET) based in Abu Dhabi and designed to develop the camel sector in the sub-region. The development of CAMENET represents a strategic step forward in the GF-TADs agenda addressing the specific challenges of the growing camel sector in the sub-region with potential global impact on the camel economy.