Inspired by our recent guide to the best things happening in the UAE this February 2020, The Huntr decided to make the journey to the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track to witness the thrilling Dubai Crown Prince Camel Festival. Join us as we present an exclusive look inside…
Running until February 12th, the event is in its third year and is patronised by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. A must-visit for anyone curious enough who wants to experience something truly different and thrilling in the UAE, the Dubai Crown Prince Camel Festival offers an exciting look at the regional sport of camel racing.
Since 2002, to prevent underage jockeys and for health and safety, the camels in Dubai’s camel racing are rode by super-light robot jockeys. These robot jockeys are controlled by the camel’s human trainer – who drives alongside in an SUV, using a handheld control to manoeuvre the robot and honking their horns to encourage the camels to run faster.
The camels competing in the races are all pure-bred Arab camels and the race category is divided according to the age of the camel – the older the camel, the farther the race. Similar events take place in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.
The Huntr was gripped by the unique experience and wholeheartedly recommends visiting before the festival ends for another year. The races take place twice a day, once at 7am and once at 2pm and there’s also a camel auction at the nearby camel market.
The Dubai Crown Prince Camel Festival is running until February 12th at the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track. It is free to attend. To discover more details visit the website here or call 0508745301.
Photography and reporting by Bei-Bei Yang exclusively for The Huntr