Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates, a sport of culture

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Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates
Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates

Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates is not only a matter of sport or money but also culture. Camels are a part of the Emirati culture due to its nature and Bedouin history and the country holds a number of the most expensive camel breeds around the world.

Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates
Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates

If you are UAE and into a new adventure that you can only attend in this part of the world, then camel racing in UAE is your thing. There are over 14,000 Arabian racing camels in the UAE and nearly 15 racetracks across the country that have ranges of 4 to 10 kilometers.

The sport is especially present in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Races are held there all year long but the main season takes place between October and April mostly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates
Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates

Heading to camel race, you are free to dress casual comfortable clothes. Binoculars are allowed but note that cameras aren’t. Also note that camel racings aren’t gambling events, it’s even illegal to bet on the races in the UAE.One of the main racetracks is Al Marmoum Camel racetrack in Dubai. The King’s Cup is the most sought and respected prize nationwide.

Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates
Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates

Robots, weighing nearly 4 kilograms mount the camel during races while a walkie-talkie is used by owners to command camels in addition to remotely-controlled whip. Owners move alongside camels during the race in cars to give orders and dictate the speed of the robot’s whip.

If you are on a tight schedule and can’t take part in then you can watch the races on T.V. since Dubai Racing TV channel broadcasts races live for fans of the sport.

Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates
Camel racing in the United Arab Emirates

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