The beasts of burden symbolize the region, and currently nearly 30,000 of
them are making their way towards the town of Al Gharbia in Abu Dhabi,
to take part in the Al Dhaffra festival.
December 22, 2008 9:48 by kippreport
Camel racing is a popular sport in the country. It was originally
staged at weddings or special festivals, but now customized tracks have been
built throughout the country where races are held in the winter months.
The Al Ain-based Embryo Transfer Research Center for Racing Camels was
established in 1989, and deals with artificial insemination and embryo
transfer in camels. Dubai also houses a Camel Reproduction Center, which
focuses on ways to produce better racing camels and on improving the
freezing of embryos and semen.
The Zayed Cup takes place in the UAE every year and around 60 camels
participate in it. Races take place all over the country in each emirate’s
racetracks on the same days and with the same pedigree of camels in terms of
age. The first 10 camels to cross the finish are eligible for a prize,
ranging from AED1,000 to AED10,000.