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SPORT & LEISURE - CAMEL RACING

First camel auction to be held in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/07/2005

The first camel and horse auction in the world will be held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition which will kick off on September 12 this year, organizers said. "Some 300 horses and 135 camels will be auctioned on the sidelines of the event" said Mohammed Khalef Al Mazroui, Member of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Falconers Club and Chairman of the organizing Committee. The show will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed ...  >>MORE

Camel jockeys arrive in Pakistan

Posted on 04/07/2005

The Pakistan-based Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) has handed over nine of the 22 children who were repatriated from the UAE to their parents. According to Pakistani newspaper "Daily Times", the children, who were used in the camel races, were given back to their parents after completing legal formalities. CPWB rejected applications for two children after the people who claimed to be their parents failed to prove their blood relation with the children. The parents expressed regret ...  >>MORE

UAE cabinet okays accord with UNICEF on camel jockeys

Posted on 21/06/2005

The UAE cabinet yesterday okayed a joint agreement with UNICEF on underage camel jockeys. Valid for two years, the accord was signed last May in a bid to help in the process of integrating ex-child jockeys into the mainstream society in their home countries. According to the agreement, a social support centre, which was set up by the Ministry of Interior to cater for the needs of ex-underage jockeys, will continue to provide protection and support for the young ex-jockeys. The centre will ...  >>MORE

UAE-UNICEF agreement on jockeys completes first month

Posted on 10/06/2005

The joint programme between the United Nations Children's' Fund, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Interior on efforts to register, rehabilitate and repatriate children formerly involved as jockeys in camel-racing marks the completion of its first month of operations today. The agreement was signed as a follow up to strict new legislation introduced a few months ago to stamp out the use of children in races. "we have started the process of registering the children according to international ...  >>MORE

UAE enforces stringent steps to eradicate child jockeys

Posted on 24/05/2005

The UAE is implementing stringent measures to eradicate, once and for all, the use of children as jockeys. The Emirates Camel Racing Federation (ECRF) is spearheading the country's efforts to crack down against the use of children as jockeys, a practice banned officially by the UAE since the year 2002. While the ECRF is acting on the orders of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the implementation of the ban is being closely followed up by General Sheikh Mohammed ...  >>MORE

UAE names worst camel-jockey offenders

Posted on 10/05/2005

Seven Asian and African countries have been named as the key exporters for supplying child camel jockeys to the UAE. The Ministry of Interior made the announcement yesterday. Addressing a press conference here, Major General Saif Al Sha'afar, the ministry undersecretary, said Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Mauritania, Eritrea, Somalia and India were the main culprits who exported child camel jockeys to the UAE. Citizens of all these countries have been told their dependants must carry their ...  >>MORE

Saif bin Zayed calls for concerted efforts to address the problem of child jockeys

Posted on 09/05/2005

General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior yesterday called for concerted efforts to address the problem of underage jockeys. "There is a need for concerted efforts to address this problem once and for all. In this respect, the UAE-UNICEF partnership is absolutely crucial because it will help in the process of integrating ex-child jockeys into the mainstream society in their home countries” said Sheikh Saif in remarks in Abu Dhabi yesterday. He commended UNICEF for its ...  >>MORE

Interior Ministry and UNICEF begin two-day meeting

Posted on 08/05/2005

The Ministry of Interior and UNICEF began a two-day meeting yesterday as part of the Ministerial efforts to implement an earlier decision banning jockeys under the age of 16 years from participating in camel races in the UAE. The Ministry of Interior was represented by its Undersecretary Major General Saif Al Shaafar while UNICEF was represented by its regional director. Addressing the meeting, Major General Shaafar said the problem of using underage jockeys was a problem that the UAE ...  >>MORE

Underage jockeys head home

Posted on 22/04/2005

More than 60 underage camel jockeys have been sent back to their home countries, a Ministry of Interior official said. At least 24 more will be repatriated soon. Dozens of children were being handed over to the authorities because of a temporary amnesty scheme that lets their sponsors escape punishment if they own up to bringing the youngsters here illegally, the source was quoted by the Dubai-based ”Gulf News” as saying. A list of every underage camel jockey in the UAE is being compiled to ...  >>MORE

Police to sign pact on camel jockeys

Posted on 19/04/2005

An agreement will be signed between an Abu Dhabi Police social centre and UNICEF for the support and rescue of child camel jockeys, Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, said yesterday. The agreement between Social Support Centre and UNICEF will be signed within a week, Sheikh Saif said after officially inaugurating the centre in Khalifa A City. It is the second centre for the people in need of social and financial support opened and managed by the General ...  >>MORE

UAE set to introduce robot jockeys in camel races

Posted on 10/04/2005

In a move that will pave the way for the introduction of robot jockeys in camel races in the UAE, the first practical robot jockey exercise was successfully conducted yesterday. The exercise was conducted on the directives of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates. The success of the robot jockey exercise yesterday ...  >>MORE

UNICEF commends UAE for its anti-child jockeys efforts

Posted on 08/04/2005

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday commended the UAE for its stringent measures against child jockeys. "I congratulate the UAE for its bold step to issue a law on the protection of children. The UAE deserves kudos, not only for admitting the existence of the problem of child jockeys but also for seeking permanent solution to this problem” said Rima Saleh, Regional Director for West and Central Africa at UNICEF. She was alluding to a UAE law issued on March 31, banning ...  >>MORE

Drive against camps with illegal jockeys begins

Posted on 02/04/2005

Police has started yesterday raiding camps which employ underage camel jockeys, as part of its enforcement of the law which became effective yesterday. The UAE has taken the lead in the region with a new law officially banning the use of camel jockeys below the age of 16 and weighing less than 45kg. The law, which was announced last month by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has increased the minimum age of camel jockeys from ...  >>MORE

Diplomatic talks pave way for child jockeys to go home

Posted on 01/04/2005

Hundreds of underage camel jockeys could be repatriated as a result of talks between the foreign ministry and embassy officials this week. The ambassadors from India and Pakistan were summoned to a meeting with government officials on Saturday, "Gulf News” has learnt. During the talks, they were asked to cooperate fully with new UAE restrictions aimed at curbing the illegal use of camel jockeys younger than 16. "Our ambassador did attend a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along ...  >>MORE

Saif and Ka'abi visit camel jockeys centre

Posted on 20/03/2005

General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior and Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour and Social Affaires, paid yesterday, a surprise visit to the Centre of Camel Racing Jockeys who had arrived to the UAE during past three months. Sheikh Saif expressed his gratitude to General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his initiative in the establishment of the Centre to accommodate the ...  >>MORE

Test-tube technique delivers two more camels

Posted on 19/03/2005

The world's second and third test-tube camels were born in the UAE last week. The country successfully reproduced the first in-vitro fertilisation camel on February 24. It took researchers at the Abu Dhabi Camel Research Centre in Suwaihan, 40km east of Abu Dhabi, four years to produce Al Faiz, Al Rabih and Bashaer. "After a year and 12 days of pregnancy, Al Rabih was born on March 7. It was a male weighing 27kg," said Professor Abdul Haq Anouassi, chairman of the breeding section at the ...  >>MORE

Camel jockey age law wins all-round praise

Posted on 16/03/2005

The forthcoming law banning camel jockeys under the age of 16 from competing in camel races in the UAE has been welcomed in diplomatic, human rights as well as general public circles. The law, to be implemented from March 31, 2005, also stipulates that the camel jockeys should not weigh less than 45kg and their age, as in their passports, should not be less than 16 years, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said in a recent ...  >>MORE

Ban on under-16 camel jockeys

Posted on 14/03/2005

Camel jockeys who are under 16 years of age will be banned from competing in camel races held in the country, according to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. "A law will be issued on April 16, 2005, prohibiting participation of jockeys whose age is less than 16 years old from participation in the camel races," Sheikh Hamdan told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) yesterday. He added that the law will stipulate that the jockeys ...  >>MORE

Maktoum attends camel race meeting

Posted on 07/03/2005

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday attended a camel race meeting, held as part of the finals of purebred Arabian camel racing festival. The race meeting was also attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance and Industry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Ahmed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Sheikhs, officials and crowds of fans. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Camel race held in Dubai

Posted on 28/02/2005

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, attended on Saturday evening a camel race meeting at the Nad Al Sheba racetrack. The race meeting was also attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, Sheikhs and senior officials. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE becomes first country to have test tube camel

Posted on 27/02/2005

In an unprecedented scientific achievement, a local medical team here has successfully delivered the world's first test tube camel using invitro fertilization technique. The delivery was a culmination of four years of laborious research in a bid to improve camelidae through she camels only and by using the embryo transfer technique. The Abu Dhabi-based Al Ittihad Arabic daily published a two-page pictorial reportage yesterday on the achievement, which took place at Al Hejen (Arabic for ...  >>MORE

Camel caravan

Posted on 22/02/2005

Racing camels with trainers make their way for early morning practice at Nad Al Sheba camel track in dubai. Camel racing is a popular sport in the region and the events carry attractive prices. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Ras al-Khaimah camel race brings alive glorious tradition

Posted on 05/02/2005

The Al Suwan Camel Race Track in Ras al-Khaimah witnessed great revelry and fervours as hundreds of camel race enthusiasts converged on the grounds to watch the finals of the 14th annual camel race festival held here. Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi and Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi were present to witness the event which brought alive the glorious tradition of the sport. Sheikh Saqr also ...  >>MORE

Under-age camel jockeys get caring hand

Posted on 02/12/2004

The first rehabilitation centre for young camel jockeys in Abu Dhabi is in accordance with the government's policy to eliminate the use of underage boys in this sport. The centre is the first of its kind in the world dedicated to helping the boys after they are rescued by authorities. It will be run by the UAE authorities in association with the Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International in Pakistan (ABWTI). Ansar Burney, a human rights activist and chairman of ABWTI, spoke to Gulf News in an ...  >>MORE

All jockeys must have a valid job visa

Posted on 02/12/2004

Umm Al-Qaiwain – Anyone who enters the country as a camel jockey must possess a valid visa and be accompanied by at least one parent, said Colonel Salem Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Sharjah Naturalisation and Residency Department. Previously, they could only enter if they were accompanied by both parents. Now that many of the parents live here, the child must be accompanied by either the mother or the father. "If we receive any application for a visa for camel jockey, it will be ...  >>MORE

Camel race season begins next month

Posted on 22/09/2004

The 2004/2005 camel race season begins on October 4 throughout the country's camel racetracks. This is in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, based on their deep commitment to reviving the national heritage and protecting ancestral sport and as part of their continuous support for all heritage sports in the country. It is also ...  >>MORE

UAE set to rebut charges of using underage jockeys

Posted on 30/05/2004

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is in the process of finalising a strong rebuttal of allegations that the UAE employs underage camel jockeys. A delegation led by Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, is set to challenge the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) accusations during its next session from June 1-17. The response will also decisively portray the nation's commitment to combat all forms of human trafficking. The International Confederation of ...  >>MORE

Draft law on camel jockeys finalised

Posted on 25/05/2004

The Ministry of Interior has finalised a draft law that will penalise violators who use children below the age of 15 years as jockeys in the popular sport of camel racing. "The draft law is currently being finalised by the Ministry of Justice and will be forwarded to the Council of Ministers for approval,” Major General Saif Al Shafaar, Assistant Under Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for Security Affairs. He said the law was extremely important because it underscores UAE's adherence to ...  >>MORE

Camel Caravan wins charity race

Posted on 23/05/2004

The response to the last live Camel Caravan auction dinner concluded by Christis's of London was overwhelming as 700 tickets priced Dh500 were sold out prior to the charity event attended by an array of VIPs, international guests and celebrities at the Jumeirah Beach International Hotel in Dubai last night. The gala fund raising event also marked the second anniversary of the Rotary Club of Dubai. Interest in more than 80-hand painted fibreglass camels which have adorned the streets and ...  >>MORE

Camel Caravan returns to grace the sidewalks of Dubai

Posted on 24/04/2004

Children are delighted that the colourful fibreglass camels which have been part of the Dubai landscape since early this year and which made a trip to the Dubai Internet City are back. But only part of the herd has returned and 17 of the camels have chosen the sidewalks of Sheikh Zayed Road to silently graze. Each camel is over six feet tall and weighs about 120 kg, including its concrete base. The Emirates Banker camel with its bowler hat was recreated with the help of Latifa College's ...  >>MORE

Camel Race Festival concludes

Posted on 08/04/2004

Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates, Their Highnesses - Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah and Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman- attended yesterday the final day of the Arabian Camel Race festival, which was held at Al Wathba camel races track. The event was also attended by H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

Click to pick your favourite camel

Posted on 15/03/2004

Dubai Municipality has expanded its support for the Camel Caravan in the Gulf' first public project that merges commerce and art with charity, by sponsoring a "People's Choice” awards series that enables public to vote online for the favourite camel. From now until March 29, fans of the 80-hand painted fibreglass camels which are currently adorning the streets and public spaces of Dubai can visit the >>MORE

UAE in process of enacting camel-riding rule

Posted on 22/10/2003

The UAE has told the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that it is drafting a legislation regulating riding in camel races. Saif Saeed bin Saed, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary, discussed with a visiting ILO mission here today application of international labour criteria, particularly those with regard to camel riders. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Thousands turn up for camel race

Posted on 18/10/2003

Organisers of the camel race, which started last Thursday, are offering free transport to the event. Thousands turned up for the race where nearly 200 camels from the UAE pushed their way along a 10-kilometre levelled path in the hot desert. The races were ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who also directed the organisers to provide suitable facilities for the audience. The two-day race in Suweihan, nearly 80 kilometres north of Abu Dhabi city, re-started an ...  >>MORE

Camel caravan set to roll on

Posted on 09/09/2003

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, is to preview the Middle East's first public art project to bring together commerce and the arts tonight. He will view the 'Parade of Nations' – a unique herd of two feet high fibreglass camels, painted to showcase the artistic tradition of individual participating countries. The parade, being supported by 20 countries, and is to be displayed at various high profile public locations ...  >>MORE

UAE gears up for camel racing

Posted on 06/09/2003

Camel trainers in the UAE are warming up for the forthcoming camel racing season slated to kick off in October. Camels are undergoing intensive exercise in the form of walking and galloping at the country's racetracks supervised by experienced jockeys. Like athletes, their diet is also taken care of. They are fed on oats, bran, dates and cow milk. Racing tracks throughout the country are also being reconditioned for the season as the sport is growing more popular, especially among expatriates ...  >>MORE

UAE hailed for efforts to combat child labour

Posted on 23/08/2003

The sustained efforts by the UAE to combat child labour, particularly the use of children below the age of 16 as jockeys in the camel racing sports has received commendation from various international quarters. "As a result of these efforts, the UAE was the only country to be upgraded from Tier 3 which includes countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards required to combat severe forms of child labour and trafficking in persons, to Tier 1 countries whose ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police Lab credited for accurate tests on use of drugs in camel races

Posted on 13/08/2003

The Abu Dhabi Laboratory for testing the use of drugs in camel races has been credited for the 6th year in a row for its accurate analysis and drug tests. The lab which is an affiliate of the Criminal Evidence Department of the Abu Dhabi Police has been conducting regular tests to check the use of drugs in camel races. Tests and lab analyses have always been accurate so much so that the laboratory was awarded an international certificate by the International Society of Chemical Analysts in 1998 ...  >>MORE

UAE hailed for banning underage jockeys

Posted on 29/07/2003

The UAE has been praised for taking the initiative of banning the use of underage, underweight jockeys in the camel racing industry. The move by the country to ban child camel jockeys has placed it among the countries fully complying with minimum standards of a law on trafficking in persons. A comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons has upgraded the UAE from TIER 3 which includes countries whose governments do not fully ...  >>MORE

Camel milk plasma may help produce anti-microbial vaccine

Posted on 05/07/2003

The Zayed Complex for Herbal Research and Traditional Medicine is on the verge of a breakthrough in producing an anti-microbial vaccine from camel's milk. The project, which is in the experimental stages, is being jointly conducted by the Zayed Complex and an American team of experts. The efforts are to produce a vaccine from camel milk's made of the milk's plasma. The vaccine will be first tested on camels, which will be injected to ensure the efficacy of the vaccine before producing it in ...  >>MORE

Authorities crack down on child camel jockeys

Posted on 10/06/2003

The UAE has urged all local camel owners to ensure their jockeys have the necessary documents to take part in the next race season as part of a clampdown against illegal use of child jockeys. The UAE Camel Race Federation (CRF) said all camel jockeys must hold a special card issued only to those who are 15 years or more, medically fit, and have a valid UAE residence visa. In a statement carried by local Arabic newspapers this week, the CRF said the move is in line with a recent Federal Cabinet ...  >>MORE

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First camel auction to be held in Abu Dhabi


Camel jockeys arrive in Pakistan


UAE cabinet okays accord with UNICEF on camel jockeys


UAE-UNICEF agreement on jockeys completes first month


UAE enforces stringent steps to eradicate child jockeys


UAE names worst camel-jockey offenders


Saif bin Zayed calls for concerted efforts to address the problem of child jockeys


Interior Ministry and UNICEF begin two-day meeting


Underage jockeys head home


Police to sign pact on camel jockeys


UAE set to introduce robot jockeys in camel races


UNICEF commends UAE for its anti-child jockeys efforts


Drive against camps with illegal jockeys begins


Diplomatic talks pave way for child jockeys to go home


Saif and Ka'abi visit camel jockeys centre


Test-tube technique delivers two more camels


Camel jockey age law wins all-round praise


Ban on under-16 camel jockeys


Maktoum attends camel race meeting


Camel race held in Dubai


UAE becomes first country to have test tube camel


Camel caravan


Ras al-Khaimah camel race brings alive glorious tradition


Under-age camel jockeys get caring hand


All jockeys must have a valid job visa


Camel race season begins next month


UAE set to rebut charges of using underage jockeys


Draft law on camel jockeys finalised


Camel Caravan wins charity race


Camel Caravan returns to grace the sidewalks of Dubai


Camel Race Festival concludes


Click to pick your favourite camel


UAE in process of enacting camel-riding rule


Thousands turn up for camel race


Camel caravan set to roll on


UAE gears up for camel racing


UAE hailed for efforts to combat child labour


Abu Dhabi Police Lab credited for accurate tests on use of drugs in camel races


UAE hailed for banning underage jockeys


Camel milk plasma may help produce anti-microbial vaccine


Authorities crack down on child camel jockeys