Camel Races in Oman

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Camels have always played a cardinal role in the Arab world over thousands of years. The Ship of the Desert has been an integral part of the desert life, not only as a medium of transport, food, but also for entertainment and recreational activities.

Camel races in Oman are hugely popular. It has come to be recognized as a great tourist attraction, with huge crowds flocking to the race events to witness the traditional and historical customs and rituals at display.  Special racing tracks are built for the Camels, which helps them to compete and run at speeds of up to 60 kilometer per hour. They are raised on nutritious diets and intensive training programs.

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Practice sessions are held before the races to make the camels and the jockeys ready for the ultimate event. The objective for the Race jockeys is not only to win the race, but to demonstrate their abilities to control the camels while doing it.  Camel races in Oman are held on tracks all over the Sultanate with Al Abyadh race track in Wilayat of Mudhaibi being the most popular, which hosts the annual camel race in which different wilayats participate and draw the finest camels during the racing season.

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The Wilayat of Mudhaibi has become a popular racing and breeding ground for Camels. The local farmers in the wilayat take great care of the camels before the race, providing them with highly nutritive foods and fodder. Camel races in Oman promote the key aspects of heritage and celebrate the history and culture of the Sultanate of Oman. Camel races in Oman culminate in celebrations that evoke excitement, entertainment and pleasure among the locals and tourists.

What has been a tradition in Oman has now become a highly competitive and entertaining professional sport attracting thousands of tourists all over the world.

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