Camels & Robots at Marmoum Camel Racetrack
To get closer to the heart of Emirati culture, take a daytrip to the traditional (they have been doing this for millennia) yet ultramodern (imagine Jumbotrons and robot camel jockeys), at Marmoum Camel Racetrack. During the Dubai Camel Racing Festival in February, most of the UAE’s 14,000 racing camels will be there during the 12-day festival to compete for prestige, exotic cars and cash prizes in the millions. Despite the giant screen Jumbotrons and heavy TV coverage, binoculars are recommended unless you happen to make the acquaintance of a local sheikh (their camels run in the morning) in which case he may invite you to tag along in one of the many Nissan Patrols in hot pursuit of the camels racing the 4-10km track. Curious visitors are welcome year round.
By Baxter Jackson, AFAR Local Expert
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Al Ain-Dubai Road,Al Marmoom - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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