Watch a camel race
Published on March 15, 2015
You may have seen them wandering the desert, but to witness camels racing is a fascinating sight! Watch a new twist on an age-old desert tradition of camel racing. The sport has progressed from racing with child jockeys in the midst of the sandy dunes, to racing on custom built tracks with electronic jockeys. A mesmerising scene to see, camel racing is a perfect weekend activity for the whole family. The free event gathers spectators from all around the country to watch as camel owners compete for luxury prizes and a chance to participate in every race in the region. It is also a chance to get a little closer to the local culture. Besides being a big business in the UAE, the ‘ships of the desert’ are a very important part of the local culture; historically the camel was a strong asset of survival for the Bedouin tribes in the harsh desert conditions. So the love and respect for camels survived to this day through upholding the age old tradition of camel racing events. Slightly more modernized, camel racing remains a tradition strongly cherished by the Emirati culture. For the ultimate sight head down to Al Marmoum Camel Race track on Dubai-Al Ain Road or Al Wathba Camel Race Track on Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road anywhere between September to April. Camel racing is a spectacle definitely worth seeing!