Old Days Return: Bedouins' Camel Race in The Sinai Desert

Published September 21st, 2020 - 06:08 GMT

Spread out at the foot of a vast plateau in the Sinai desert, hundreds of excited Bedouins gather to race their camels after a six-month break due to the coronavirus.

Shrouded in a vast sand cloud kicked up by the hump-backed beasts, more than 500 camels were loudly cheered on by their owners dressed in traditional jalabiyas and headdresses, according to AFP.

Camel racing is a popular traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region. And in Egypt, Bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition.

But race events have been suspended since March following the Covid-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume last weekend.

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Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / A

Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Camels run on a dirt track during a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Camels run on a dirt track during a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / A
Race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Camels run on a dirt track during a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / A
Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins watch a camel race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Camels run on a dirt track during a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Camels run on a dirt track during a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that they could resume this weekend. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
Bedouins prepare their camels for a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP
Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP