Rashaida woman dancing

The Rashaida, Rashaayda or Bani Rashid (Arabic: بني رشيد‎) is a tribe of ethnic Bedouin Arabs descending from Banu Abs native to the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia. They currently inhabit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Palestine, Jordan, Eritrea, Sudan, Libya and Tunisia. In 1846, many Rashaida migrated from the Hejaz region in present-day Saudi Arabia into what is now Sudan, Kuwait, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates and Western Malaysia after tribal warfare had broken out in their homeland. They are present in other Arab countries too, such as Egypt, Libya, Palestine. Large numbers of Bani Rasheed are also found on the Arabian Peninsula.

The Rashaida keep their traditional dress, culture, customs, camel breeds and practice of Sunni Islam. The racing camel breeds of the Rashaida tribe are prized all over Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula and fetch very high prices.



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