Al Sawan Camel Track

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Al Sawan Camel Track
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10 km circular racetrack offers camel racing from September to April.
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MortenM
Copenhagen, Denmark428 contributions
Feb 2012
Camel race take place most Friday's and Saturday's at 6:30am-8:30am.

A must visit if you're in Ras Al Khaiman. It is very local - you'll be one of the few non Emirates people.

Whenever a race starts only half of the camels run in the right direction - a true Monthy Python view. Then the locals start their cars and follow the camels around the race track - facinating.

Ensure to visit some of the local camel farms - the locals are very helpful.
Written February 17, 2012
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David S
Western Ireland, Ireland1,012 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Early start at 5am to drive from Dubai but an absolute must see...brilliant to watch and so funny but don't tell the locals as they take it very seriously!
Racing takes place only on Friday and Saturday morning, 6.45 to 8.30, many races take place and approx 10 minutes for the course start to finish.
Camels are stirred on by a robot jockey sitting on their back and the owner will drive alongside in a car operating a remote control.
Take something warm as it can be quite chilly and solid shoes as you get chance to walk accross the track at the starting gate...managed some great photos of the start and nearby finish but be careful if you are taking shots of any locals standing with the camels, always wise to ask whether they mind before snapping away.
Well recomended...
Written January 2, 2015
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ChrissyTozer
Greater London, UK17 contributions
Oct 2017
You need to get up very early and find a taxi driver who knows how to get to the track! It is in fact only a 20 minute journey from Ras Al Khaimah but, because he couldn't see any action, our driver nearly turned back. Only at our insistence did he stay and we were rewarded by being able to watch several races.
Once found, the venue is exhilarating and great fun. Watch the small 'jockey' robots as they whip the camels along. On a parallel track, the owners/trainers of the camels speed alongside their camels in 4 by 4s
The racing is over within a couple of hours and only on certain days of the week so research first!
Written August 4, 2018
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Chris H
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
We found this hilarious. It's an early start at 6.30am but well worth an hour of your time.
It's like Wacky Races for Camels. Also the spectating experience consists of mad locals charging alongside the camels in 4x4 vehicles beeping horns and 'encouraging' their camels along. It really is a sight to behold and experience...
Written November 25, 2013
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Kate S
189 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
What fun worth the 5am start and the long drive...the camels are really cuite and who would ohave thought camel racing was so hi tech.....no live jockeys but robots strapped on the camels back controlled by thier owners who race along the trackside in thier 4x4's it's hilarious....the track is very long and by the time the camels get round the next race is ready to go...great to see the Arabic lifestyle but just proves even camel racing is hi tech these days....a must if you are an early riser but remember it's a male sport and the locals are not comfortable with scantily dressed women if you go respect the Arabic way and leave those short shorts behind and put something solid on your feet as you may step in something the camel left behind!
Written January 17, 2015
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Sonja T
16 contributions
Feb 2015
My friends often ask me to take them to an authentic place in Ras Al Khaimah and the Camel Race track in the early hours of the weekend is definitely a very interesting place to visit. You will always find camel training on the race track during the winter months from October to March and you can drive alongside the track to watch them train and race. The local people are very friendly and usually wave and chat with you. It is not overrun by tourists so it really is a lovely place to go and visit if you are looking to get away from all the other big tourist attractions.
Written July 11, 2015
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mohameddanish
Manama, Bahrain68 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
a tradition that tourist must not miss when visiting RAK. you will see how young camels are trained for racing and you will also have the opportuinity to buy very seldom bedwin gifts for friends and families and enjoy some camel racing.
Written April 14, 2019
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MosseTurku
Turku, Finland2,000 contributions
Feb 2017
Over the years I've seen some programmes on TV about camel races and I had this picture in my head about young jockeys riding the camel side by side doing their best to reach the goal line first. However this was something completely different! No jockeys but small robots on the back of the camel that keep on whiping the camel to run faster and all these arab men in white dresses driving their huge SUVs along the track. I didn't find out whether they were using a remote control to give orders to the robot or did they drive alongside their own camel just to give their support. Anyway, everything looked so absurd, like two races running pararell.

The track is situated near the airport and it's quite difficult reaching the place without your own transportation so the best thing would be to rent a car. If you're staying in Ras Al Khaimah it's possible to do it with a taxi without having to pay too much. If you're driving from Dubai you should reserve two hours to the drive. The race starts at 6.30 am on Fridays, but you don't have to be there that early, maybe one hour later as there's maybe 10 races that will look the same to you if you're not into the thing. We just followd a couple of races and the stopped for a while to take pictures of those warming up and training the camels.
Well, the whole thing felt absurd and a bit confusing, but being a part of their culture, it's absolutely worth the visit.
Written February 3, 2017
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Ablett N
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates105 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
i found this place by accident when out on an exploratory drive i find it very peaceful and quiet
Good place for mindfulness and reflection
The guys ride the camels around and are always courteous and friendly
I have never actually been to the races themselves but from childhood memories in Bahrain imagine they are very loud and lively events.
Some times i have come across groups of people with camels and grooms in a market set up
With people driving round and looking at the camels and then discussing beauty, speed and breeding
Love this place
Written July 26, 2015
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SonomaRichard
Sonoma, CA564 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Went to see the camel races on Friday morning. Got some great pictures and expose to a new event. It is an early morning experience.
Written April 9, 2015
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