Al Sawan Race Track

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Photo Credit: Flickr

Distance (From Ras Al Khaimah): 15 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: In Digdaga Area

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 7 km from Rak Zoo and 15 km from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Al Sawan Camel Track is a race track located in Digdaga area of Ras Al Khaimah. It is the perfect attraction for visitors who want to experience Ras Al Khaimah's culture.

Al Sawan Camel Track is measuring 10 kilometers where locals and tourists alike come to see the ancient tradition of camel racing. Camel racing is a time-honored sport much like horse racing. Locals love to place bets on what camel will prevail, and tourists appreciate the culture and history the sport represents. At Al Sawan Camel Track, there are no professional jockeys but Robotic jockeys control camels during a race. Up until 2002, children were the chosen jockeys for racing camels. However, the United Arab Emirates became the first location to ban the use of children under the age of 15 as jockeys.

Mainly a winter pastime, the camel races are held early mornings from 6. 30 to 9. 30 AM on Fridays & Saturdays during the winter months from October to March. On weekdays, the racetrack is usually busy with camel trainers and colorfully clad camels trotting up and down the track, building up their stamina for the weekend races. The races are free to attend, and if tourists can find a local that will allow them to ride in one of the official cars that follow the camels around the course, their experience will be much better.

Timings: 6.30 AM - 9.30 AM on Friday & Saturday from October - March

Entry: Free