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camels at the starting line at the Sweihan (UAE) camel races. Sweihan camel races is the only occasion in the United Arab Emirates where real jockeys mount the camels. Otherwise remote controlled robotic whips are used instead, after reports of child slavery.
Camel racing is closely associated with the unique heritage of the UAE and the traditional lifestyle of Bedouins. It was mainly staged to mark important social occasions such as wedding ceremonies, community festivals. Track length typically varies between 1.5 and 8 kilometers.
In keeping with the region's rapid development from gulf outpost to economic hotspot, prize money for winning camels can now be upwards of $2 million.
A fleet of cars drives alongside the camels as the race unfolds enabling owners to dictate the speed of the robot's whip.