Camel Racing Is Big Money In The Uae

Camel is the ship of the desert but now it is part of a sporting event as it is replaced by the Toyota land Cruiser in the sand.
Camel Racing is Big Money in the UAE
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The camel is an animal synonymous with the desert and it was for centuries referred to as the " Ship of the desert". It had varied uses and its milk was drunk as an aphrodisiac for sexual stamina. This recipe is mentioned in the "the Perfumed Garden" the ancient erotic Arabian book. It was also used to traverse the desert when long lines of caravans trudged across the sandy wastes. They trod along uncharted routes relying on guidance from the position of the stars. The camel has a peculiar capability to survive in the desert without food and water for days and

that was the reason it was mainstay animal of the desert.

Times changed and the camel lost its pre-eminent position as a means of transportation. This was facilitated by millions of Petrodollars and the centuries-old use of the camel to traverse the desert was stopped and the Toyota Land cruiser appeared. It was almost like a revolution.

With tons of money, the rich now began to indulge in the sport of camel racing. This sport was continuing in a sporadic manner but really picked up in the 20th century. The camels began to be trained to race and special camel race courses were built. A new set of rules were put into effect. Initially, the camels were ridden by small boys as jockeys. The kids were tied and bound to the camel's hump and were trained to prod the camel forward with a whip.

It was an inhuman act and in 2002 the UAE government banned the use of child jockeys.

This was a welcome step and now the child jockeys are replaced by small robots who are controlled by the owner. with wifi. The camels are specially reared for this race and a retinue of men mostly from the sub-continent maintain the camels and the race course. The prize money now runs into millions of dollars and the game has become big money.

In keeping with the region's rapid development from gulf outpost to an economic powerhouse, the prize money for winning camels can touch more than $2 million. Camels are also highly valued and one bull camel recently fetched a price of  35 million Dirham -- over $9.5 million. 

Camels are brought up in special camel farms, but the camel races, unlike the horse races have no jockeys. What do they have?they have radio jockeys. This is something new. Watching a camel race is great fun and the camel racing season starts and ends during the winter months.It's great fun. It will be on, this winter so why not take a holiday there and witness the camel races. maybe one could make some pocket money as well on small bets.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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  • Lightningforce  28-03-2017
    This was useful and informative. I did not know that camels were into racing. Good to hae a camel around when you need one, especially in sparse and desert places. The article was really good, thumbs up for interesting reading.
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  • ilovegemni110  26-03-2017
    I have read your article including of material regarding camel and very useful. Camel is ship of desert it can survive without having any thing for more days because it has speciality to store water and food inside its body. But its riding is to tire while traveling in desert.
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