Al Sawan Camel Track
While Ras al Khaimah offers its guests the best in modern comfort and convenience, it also features unique opportunities to experience some of the most fascinating traditions of old Arabia. Here are just a few ways you might add some culture to your visit.
The Al Sawan Camel Track measures 10 kilometers, and is the Ras Al Khaimah home of the Arabian Peninsula’s time-honored tradition of camel racing. The races, which take place in the early morning, draw a mixed crowd of locals and visitors from other emirates and abroad. His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi is himself a fan.
Ras Al Khaimah is one of the centers of camel racing in the UAE and Gulf region. Owners use sophisticated training methods – including swimming pools and treadmills – to ensure that their prized camels are in top shape for race day.
In a nod to 21st century technology, the camels are riderless save for remote-controlled robot jockeys. The owners (and the most enthusiastic fans) race alongside the contestants in their SUVs, encouraging them with shouts and honks. For the best seats in the house, see if you can hitch a ride!
The track is located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) outside of the city of Ras Al Khaimah. Races take place from 6:30-9:30 a.m., September through April. Admission is free.
Visitors can also pay a visit to one of the area’s nearby camel farms, where the local breeders and trainers will happily share some insider’s knowledge of the sport’s history and strategy.
You can learn more about His Highness on the Ras Al Khaimah on YouTube.