Dubai has been at the forefront of the camel racing industry both in funding and in research and leaders of the United Arab Emirates city hope it remains that way.
According to Gulfnews.com, the Crown Prince of Dubai recently reiterated his commitment to promoting camel racing.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also chairman of Dubai Sports Council, has also urged countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman to revive the cultural traditions of camel racing.
The Crown Prince led by example in February, funding the inaugural 10 day-long HE Dubai Crown Prince’s Cultural Camel Festival with prizes of multiple camel races topping over Dh400,000 (approx. $109,000).
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United Arab Emirates has been the mecca of camel racing for centuries and recent events show why.
On January 12, believed to be the world’s first racing camel was conceived using frozen sperm at Dubai’s Camel Breeding Center.
Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, one of the attending veterinarians on the artificial insemination project, told GulfNews.com that the semen was drawn from a now-retired champion racing stallion named Shaheen.
Dubai also recently invested in a new a new $10.9 million luxury camel hospital designed specifically for racing camels.
It is no wonder the hospital was heavily funded. Prize money for camels who win races can be more than $2 million. Bull camels can even sell for more than $5 million.
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