Camel Racing so Popular in UAE, Sometimes 'Robot Jockeys' are Used

Published June 30th, 2018 - 06:27 GMT

Camel racing is one of the most intriguing sports. Large numbers of camels racing across the desert expanse is a spectacular sight indeed. 

Camel racing is a centuries-old cultural tradition across the Arabian peninsula.

Such racing is not merely a sporting event but a question of honor, and competition among camel owners is immense and camels are brought to the sporting ground from around the country.

Deep in the heart of the United Arab Emirates, the ancient sport of camel racing is enjoying a resurgence. It became significantly more popular as a formalized sport in the country.

Since child riders were outlawed in 2002, small robots are now frequently used instead of humans in a move towards a "more humane" form of racing. The robots possess a walkie-talkie speaker enabling owners to deliver commands to the camels during the race, as well a small automatic whip operated by a remote control.

 

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A participant in Dubai's camel festivals. There, camels race and win beauty contests (Twitter)

A participant in Dubai's camel festivals. There, camels race and win beauty contests (Twitter)

A 'jockey robot' on top of a camel ahead of a race (Twitter)

A 'jockey robot' on top of a camel ahead of a race (Twitter)

At the starting line: Camels with their Jockeys at the Al Dhafra Camel Festival in the United Arab Emirates (Shutterstock/File Photo)

At the starting line: Camels with their Jockeys at the Al Dhafra Camel Festival in the United Arab Emirates (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Dubai: Blurred motion of camels running during training at the Nad Al Sheba Camel Racetrack (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Dubai: Blurred motion of camels running during training at the Nad Al Sheba Camel Racetrack (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Man riding a camel (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Man riding a camel (Shutterstock/File Photo)

 Practicing for camel racing at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Practicing for camel racing at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)

(Shutterstock/File Photo)

(Shutterstock/File Photo)

A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Twitter)

A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Twitter)

Racing camels with robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Racing camels with robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Racing camels with a robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Racing camels with a robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)

A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Shutterstock/File Photo)

A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Animals in captivity in the camel market at Al Ain. Camels are mainly used for transportation and for racing (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Animals in captivity in the camel market at Al Ain. Camels are mainly used for transportation and for racing (Shutterstock/File Photo)

With their handlers at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)

With their handlers at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)

A participant in Dubai's camel festivals. There, camels race and win beauty contests (Twitter)
A 'jockey robot' on top of a camel ahead of a race (Twitter)
At the starting line: Camels with their Jockeys at the Al Dhafra Camel Festival in the United Arab Emirates (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Dubai: Blurred motion of camels running during training at the Nad Al Sheba Camel Racetrack (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Man riding a camel (Shutterstock/File Photo)
 Practicing for camel racing at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)
(Shutterstock/File Photo)
A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Twitter)
Racing camels with robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Racing camels with a robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)
A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Animals in captivity in the camel market at Al Ain. Camels are mainly used for transportation and for racing (Shutterstock/File Photo)
With their handlers at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)
A participant in Dubai's camel festivals. There, camels race and win beauty contests (Twitter)
A participant in Dubai's camel festivals. There, camels race and win beauty contests (Twitter)
A 'jockey robot' on top of a camel ahead of a race (Twitter)
A 'jockey robot' on top of a camel ahead of a race (Twitter)
At the starting line: Camels with their Jockeys at the Al Dhafra Camel Festival in the United Arab Emirates (Shutterstock/File Photo)
At the starting line: Camels with their Jockeys at the Al Dhafra Camel Festival in the United Arab Emirates (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Dubai: Blurred motion of camels running during training at the Nad Al Sheba Camel Racetrack (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Dubai: Blurred motion of camels running during training at the Nad Al Sheba Camel Racetrack (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Man riding a camel (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Man riding a camel (Shutterstock/File Photo)
 Practicing for camel racing at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Practicing for camel racing at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)
(Shutterstock/File Photo)
(Shutterstock/File Photo)
A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Twitter)
A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Twitter)
Racing camels with robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Racing camels with robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Racing camels with a robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Racing camels with a robot jockeys (Shutterstock/File Photo)
A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Shutterstock/File Photo)
A participant in one of the Dubai camel festivals (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Animals in captivity in the camel market at Al Ain. Camels are mainly used for transportation and for racing (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Animals in captivity in the camel market at Al Ain. Camels are mainly used for transportation and for racing (Shutterstock/File Photo)
With their handlers at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)
With their handlers at the Dubai Camel Racing Club (Shutterstock/File Photo)