Camel racing in Dubai

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From October to April in Dubai is camel racing season and no better place to see this special is at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse which have races on Thursdays and Fridays. Camel racing is big business in the United Arab Emirates with over 14,000 camels actively racing. The camel racing industry is a large employer in the country. Strangely betting on races in the UAE is illegal but winners receive huge prizes including luxury cars and apartments. Some of the top camels can be worth millions of dollars. Races are quiet long compared to other forms of animal racing with lengths of up to 10 Kms usually with a fleet of 4WDs following them for a better view and there can be up to 70 or more camels in a race. A new rule as entered the sport prohibiting children younger than 15 riding, previously there were some jockeys as young as 6 riding camels, this is being outlawed although there are some reports some children slip under the radar.

2 Comments on “Camel racing in Dubai”

  1. #1 pam bauwens
    on Mar 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    During my recent visit to Dubai l had the pleasure of attending a Camel Race, and really really enjoyed the experience, much more fun than horse racing, it caould also be called the race of the four wheeld drive vehicles.

    One thing— does anyone know what the group of Sheiks were singing and dancing about around the winning place, it happened at the end of every race, at one stage a young girl did a head shaking dance, just fascinating—–can you help? pam

  2. #2 Jane Hayward-Smith
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hi
    Does anybody know when the winter season starts this year and where they start from? we missed last year and are keen to go, so day and time would good or any information please
    Thanks

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