Al Marmoom camel racing returns

The first session of the latest championship series will take place this week

Al Marmoom camel racing returns

The ships of the desert are gearing up for this year’s racing competition, and that gives racing enthusiasts (or camel fans) a chance to cheer them on.

The Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack will be in full swing with the return of its famous camel racing – a centuries-old tradition not to be missed.

The first session of races kicks off today (Tuesday January 6) and runs until Thursday January 10, with the season continuing on various dates until Tuesday April 10.

Skilled trainers from around the globe will be competing for valuable prizes and titles in the latest championship, bringing in camel breeds trained for high-endurance and action-packed racing.

Expect camels to be racing around one of the biggest camel tracks in the UAE at speeds of around 65 kilometres an hour.

The best part? It’s completely free to attend, but the racetrack recommends to call a day in advance to confirm your spot.

Races will be taking place each day at 6.30am and 2.30pm. You can check out the full schedule of races at

The Dubai Camel Racing Club aim to preserve and maintain the UAE’s cultural heritage, belonging and identity with the annual races, and is one of the best ways to experience the history and heritage of the Emirates.

If you fancy getting on camels yourself, you may want to try camel polo at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. For some other strange sports to try out in Dubai, check out our guide here.

Don't miss it.
Free. Various dates until Tue Apr 2, 6.30am and 2.30pm. Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, Al Ain Road (055 676 0006).

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