A somewhat different day at the races

October 31, 20152 Comments

camelrace1Have you ever been to watch horse racing? It’s quite good, huh? But the main issue is that you’re normally a fair distance away from the horses. For a more up close racing experience, I would thoroughly recommend going to watch camel racing.

Along with some pals I travelled farther into the desert than I’d been so far to a place called Kabd, where The Kuwait Camel Racing Club is. I’d not seen a camel in the wild before and it was quite exciting seeing them on the journey in. (By the end of the day I had mild camel fatigue, though.) The journey also took us passed some Bedouins. Strangely enough, they were camped just over the road from a massive house, complete with much greenery outside. The dichotomy of Kuwait…

Once inside, the clubhouse is rather nice. There are some big old leather seats, where you can watch a live feed of the races as they unfold. And you have the best seat to watch the camels lunge for the line.


If you want a closer view of the action, then visitors are welcome to stand right next to the dusty track and watch the camels race passed them. What made this event extra special was that visitors were invited to ride in the camera truck and travel on the dirt road alongside the camels during the race. I did this twice and it’s a thrilling experience.

As you would expect, the camels look rather concentrated as they race. The foam which appears around their mouths as they exert themselves isn’t the most pleasant thing to see, though. There are no human jockeys; instead robotic jockeys sit atop of the camels, with the owners racing alongside them in 4x4s controlling the whips wirelessly. The whirring and whipping make it a true sensory experience.

The cavalcade of vehicles alongside the camels is as interesting as the animals themselves. Some of the drivers beat their vehicle doors as they drive and toot their horns in encouragement. One had a small boy poking his head out of the roof, waving a head scarf around in excitement. At one point he even threw it at his camel to try and eek yet more effort out of him. (It ended up winning, so perhaps more should try this.

We were made to feel most welcome at the Club. The driver of the camera truck even gave us all water. I felt a sense of pride from the organisers that people were coming out to share in their passion for camel racing.

The number of races varies week to week, but I’m told there’s normally at least eight. It’s free to get in and races are held most Saturdays from early afternoon between October and April. It’s well worth a trip into the desert for.

Written by Nik Wardle

Our iWriters

Share your words with us by email : [email protected] or contact us by whatsapp : 94418559

Natasha E. Feghali
[email protected]

Sahar al Moussa
[email protected]

Shruti Shah



Amira Behbehani

Shaheen Sayyed
[email protected]

Fariah Fatima


Nejoud al Yagout


Mavic Mavz


Swati Srivastava


Reeya Fernendes


A somewhat different day at the races was last modified: by

Comments (2)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Great races and consider the more functions about app in phone. The windows 10 is active as perfectly and given some of positive functions for the customers.Microsoft add the excellent features and application for phone. Devices are recreates with good works and getting instructions also. Feature of works are simple and the apps are available in Google play store. You can download as easy way. Lot of app are applicable to play games chatting etc

  2. My husband was flirting with another woman. until he vanished away, I was desperate to get him back, I wasted so much time and money trying to get my Husband back, I tried almost all possibilities to have him back and nothing worked. I became lonely. To make it short, I found a spell caster Dr Trust. I saw the good testimonies about his wonderful work and after reading the Testimonials, I decided I had to try and give it one last try and After the spells, a miracle happened, my husband came home. It was awesome, anyone who needs help, should email him [email protected] com or [email protected] com Or call him or whatsApp him on these number. +2348156885231

Leave a Reply

Filed in: AllArticleAuthorNicholas
Tagged with:

Back to Top