Camel racing farm visit - another adventure in learning strategy from traditional industries

This past Wednesday we went to two different camel farms in Sharjah, UAE to learn about camel racing and also to think about the strategy of camel racing...

It was another amazing trip - no rain this time, but plenty of heat and a misadventure when we went for "just 5 minutes" in the dunes! This time again I will let the photos tell the story!

First though, I invite you to watch this video of our demonstration of a camel robot  (click here). These robots replaced the young boys who were used in the past as jockeys, and the robots are placed on the back of the camel in the race and controlled by the remote control fob (like a car fob) by a person who drive a 4*4 on a track next to the track...

Now to the story!

The azba in Sharjah is about 2ish hours from Abu Dhabi - any road trip starts at a "shisha" or gas station 

Waiting for lunch!

Lunch arrives and it was delicious!!!!

Fruit, gawa, tea and dates after the lunch is cleared...

Oud and perfume to smell nice for the camels...

Camels drink this, mixed with water (a little like protein powder), for extra energy before a race (btw it stinks!)

Close up of a robot (like in the video)

They eat a lot of fresh (super expensive) grass... 

Injuries are treated in the traditional way, through branding (yes, some people even use it on humans, but only the super  traditional ones)

"Fair and lovely" camel - super white and pretty

This plant is like Gatorade for camels, it restores nutrients and minerals after a race 

Camel training in 40+ degree heat!

These camels are "retired" and used to train other camels

Stinky (and sticky) part of a camel, used to attract a "wife"

Camel farm(s) visit over - it's desert time - oops, wait a minute!

Too much air in the tire!


Professor work (taking photos of trees and collecting sand for Mom!)

More teamwork required!

Unintentional cool photo of more camels training

On the long way back to Abu Dhabi we passed a group of a special type of gazelle called Maha

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