Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

Camel racing

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In a previous post I told you about our visit to a camel farm. The camels were being bred for racing.

There is a camel racing track on the edge of the city. I haven’t seen camel racing live, however Al Rayyan, one of the local TV channels broadcasts races.

Alongside the racetrack, owners speed along in their SUVs controlling robot jockeys via remote controls.

In the past small boys were used as jockeys. Injuries were very common and serious injuries very frequent. This practice has now been banned in Qatar and instead they use robots which have small hinged arms that control the whip and the reins. This short film explains more.

At some point we will have a day at the races… I will report back.


One thought on “Camel racing

  1. remarkable! love the SUVs alongside! you won’t see that at Salisbury races.
    thanks Ian and best wishes, keep posting, all ok in the Castle 3rd floor.

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