Camel Festival at Al Marmoom

Camel racing – an important part of Arab heritage – dates back to the 7th century B.C.

One of the the biggest camel racing events in UAE – Dubai Crown Prince Camel Festival (fourth edition) took place at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve (Emirate of Dubai, UAE) in January 2021:

  • 11 days (16-27 January 2021);
  • 326 laps (of 5  km to 8 km);
  • 5 categories: designated for Their Highnesses Sheikhs and Tribesmen.

Below: photos from Thanaiya Race for Tribesmen – on January 23, 2021.

Ξ Dubai Camel Racing Club page


Getting ready


Finish line


January 23, 2021

See also:

Horse Jumping Championship

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13 thoughts on “Camel Festival at Al Marmoom

    1. Those race tacks are also used for trainings on no-race days. During the race there is a human jockey riding on top and making sure the camel runs fast or… a small robot jockey (this seems to be more popular) controlled by the camel owner/trainer driving in the car next to a camel track. It happens however (but I have seen it once) that camel decides to go its own way… You can see those robot jockeys (and the cars 🙂 ) in some of my photos 🙂

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      1. 🙂 🙂
        Camel racing is a bit different from horse racing. And here the jockey needs to be very light… Some time ago it used to be… kids… Now it’s not allowed. A light robot jockey is a better solution.

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  1. maristravels

    Many years ago, before Dubai was the tourist resort it is today, I attended a few of the camel races when they still used 7 and 8 year old boys as jockeys. At the time I was not aware of the terrible existence these children had but when I learned about it, I wrote against it. A few years after I’d become aware of the awfulness of camel racing in the Gulf, a child was found wandering in the desert, left there by his owner to die as he’d become too heavy to be a jockey any more. I’m glad that particular evil has been stopped.

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  2. A wonderful set of photos. You captured the event beautifully. You must have had an excellent viewing point to get some of these shots!
    I was surprised that the camels didn’t have riders in the races. I just assumed it was like horse racing.
    Thanks for sharing Agata.

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