Dubai's Camel Races

Camels, (photo by Apa Publications )
Camels at feeding time

Camel Racing in Dubai is at the very core of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sporting culture. For the UAE, camels are a symbol of national identity and have been a part of everyday life for thousands of years, transporting men and goods across the desert since ancient times. There is no better way to get an insider’s view of Emirati culture than by viewing this marvellously odd and quirky event. Camels can reach speeds of up to 65km per hour! And since the camels are draped in colourful blankets, cloths and materials, spectators are guaranteed an extraordinary sight.

Camel racing has become unequivocally more modern in recent years, embracing robotic jockeys and huge televisions in front of the stands. It is an eclectic mix of modernity and tradition that has come to define Dubai in the modern world. For all those want to embrace the culture of the United Arab Emirates, this one-of-a-kind event should top the list.

At the Al Marmoum racetrack, outside of the city centre on the Dubai Al Ain Road, the races take place on different days through October to March at 7am and 2pm. The distances and races of the day are determined by the sizes of the camels; big camels will race one day, while smaller ones race on another. Be sure to call the week before you want to go for more race details (+971 04 832 6526). 

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