A much-loved tradition in the United Arab Emirates, camel racing has a
dedicated following across the country, with much of the action taking place at
Al Wathba Camel Race Track, around 45km east of Abu Dhabi. During the annual
race season, from October to March, thousands of spectators head to the
impressive venue, including tourists, local residents and even members of the
An early start is recommended, as most races are hosted on
weekend mornings from around 6.30am, although the frequency increases on public
holidays. Entrance is free and there’s plenty of opportunity to watch the
animals thunder across Al Wathba Camel Race Track, with as many as 15 races on
a single morning. All camels have electronic jockeys on their backs, which are
controlled by specially-trained handlers using a remote.
Generous prizes and
cash awards worth millions of dirhams are offered to winners, especially during
the Al Wathba Camel Race Festival at the end of each race season.