Among the most popular, and most traditional, sports in Dubai is camel racing, with a season that begins in October and runs until March. The sport is popular throughout the Middle East, with camels reaching speeds of around 40 miles per hours when running at a sprint. In recent years, jockey robots have become the latest trend—freed from the weight of a human jockey, camels are achieving record speeds. The best place to see them race in Dubai is at Al Marmoum Camel Racing Track, 45 minutes from the city. The races are free to watch and you’ll only have to spend some dirham if you do as the locals do and place a bet.
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