Join this 500km camel trek in the UAE

It's free to take part and no experience is needed

In Dubai we're spoiled for choice when it comes to transport, with everything from Ubers to helicopters available at the touch of a button.

But in the past, it wasn't quite so easy – with the humble camel being the main way of trundling from A to B.

Now expats are being invited to get a unique insight into traditional Emirati culture by taking part in the UAE's fifth annual Camel Trek.

It involves covering 500 kilometres across the desert in a journey that will reveal the country's natural beauty.

The event will take place from Wednesday January 16 to Friday January 25 2019, according to the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Heritage Centre.

Hind Al Qemzi, the centre's director of events, said: "The trek, which is open to all nationalities, will cover a total distance of around 500km, traversing through the vast expanse of UAE desert and giving participants a perfect opportunity to learn the rich Emirati culture and old ways of the Bedouins.

"There will be many challenges, that’s why it is very important — especially for the first-timers — to learn different tasks at the camp. They will learn how to take care of their own camel, and saddle, tether and feed it."

All of the logistics for the event will be provided by HHC and there will be a medical team on standby.

No previous experience is needed to take part, but participants will be chosen based on their performance at training.

Training will be held each week on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm to 8pm, with participants able to choose their preferred dates.

If you'd like to take part in the Camel Trek, email
Free. Wed Jan 16-Fri Jan 25 2019. For more information, go to

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