choosing the best ones to participate in the major competitions - such as the Gulf Racing Cup, Dubai's annual Camel Racing Festival, and the Shahanya Camel Races in Qatar.
Recently the Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan camel festival took place at the Shweihan racecourse in al-Ain on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. A similar kind of festival known as the Janadriyah will be hosted by Saudi. The festival will feature a mega camel race,where around 600 camels of different breeds and genres from across the GCC countries will take part.
These race camels really get treated well. The average cost of keeping a camel here would be 4,000-5,000 Dirhams ($1,000-1,300) per month. Definitely an expensive game , but the Prize money for winning camels can shoot up more than 2 milllion. Now you know why they put a fortune in it.
Till 2002, children from India, Pakistan and Sudan- as young as 2 or 3 years old were used as riders in these races.