Camel Racing in the UAE
Camel racing takes place in the morning on the weekends of the winter season (October to March) and is a unique sports, which is an integral part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) heritage.
The racing takes place at special tracks around the country and the atmosphere is electric, especially during public holidays when major races are held for considerable prize money.
Away from the sophistication of the viewing stand and the race track, the competitors and their handlers gather to prepare themselves and their mounts for the race. Apart from the serious aspect of competing, the occasion is a social one where many camel riders meet with friends whom they may not have seen for a considerable period.
At a time when the UAE is developing into a modern, efficient country, there are relatively few opportunities to experience such valued glimpses of the past