The Ancient Tradition of Camel Racing, as Seen From Above

Published 14 May 2018, 16:12 BST
The Ancient Tradition of Camel Racing, as Seen From Above

This aerial view shows the sport of camel racing in the hot landscape of Al Batinah South, Oman. The camels can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour along designated tracks. The animals have long played an extremely important role in desert life in the region … Including a mode of transport, entertainment, food and festivals along the Arabian Peninsula.

Camel racing generally utilises the dromedary sub-species of camel rather than the Bactrian.The dromedary has one hump while the Bactrian has two. In a region that's increasingly modernising, camel racing is helping to keep local traditions alive.

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