This camel wasn't cheap

April 9, 2008 5:15:07 AM PDT

But this isn't a custom Rolls Royce or Mercedes Benz -- it's a camel.

State-run media reports the prince 16 bought camels during a desert festival celebrating Bedouin traditions, including a female which went for nearly three million bucks.

The sale followed a camel beauty contest, where the animals are judged on things like their humps, lips and legs.

The Dubai crown price is no stranger to expensive animals.

He once paid 16 million dollars for a thoroughbred colt, at a Florida auction.