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SPORT & LEISURE - CAMEL RACING

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

Camel beauty contest delights Al Saad residents

Posted on 24/05/2003

People in Al Saad, a suburban district of Al Ain, were yesterday thrilled with a beauty contest in which more than 150 female camels took part. The contest was enjoyed by a large number of locals and expatriates who flocked to the venue from different parts of the Eastern region. Bint Al Wry was adjudged as the Beauty Queen, with Samha as the first runner up, Al Naseebh as the second and Throh as the third runner up, and Zebah fourth. The contest was organised by local camel breeders with the ...  >>MORE

Camel race jockeys to have ID cards from May 10

Posted on 29/04/2003

The UAE Camel Race Federation has announced that it will start issuing special ID cards to camel race jockeys with effect from May 10. The Higher Committee of the Federation has urged all Camel owners and trainers in the UAE to furnish the Federation, through the zonal camel race organising committees, with particulars and documents of their wards so that they can be subjected to medical tests to determine their fitness and age before the special ID card is issued to them. The Federation warned ...  >>MORE

Beauties parade in pageant

Posted on 17/04/2003

Hundreds of female camels, some with their babies, were herded gently by their owners along an open desert enclosure outside Abu Dhabi yesterday in a contest to choose the most beautiful animal in the UAE. The two-day event includes cash prizes worth Dh400,000 donated by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who ordered such contests to encourage national camel owners to preserve the local heritage. Yesterday's muzayana (beauty contest) was confined to female groups of 10 ...  >>MORE

Rulers at closing day of camel race

Posted on 27/02/2003

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday attended the closing day of the 12th Arabian Camel Race Festival held in Al Siwan racetrack in Ras Al Khaimah. Eleven races were held yesterday in the festival which started on February 22. The festival featured Arabian camels competing for the President's Cup, the Ras Al Khaimah Ruler's Cup and Al Siwan Cup. Their Highnesses The Rulers and Crown Princes and Deputy ...  >>MORE

Camel race meeting

Posted on 09/02/2003

Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Umm Al Qaiwain Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, witnessed here yesterday camel race meetings held at a Lebsa racetrack in Umm Al Qaiwain. The race was part of the Second day's activities of the First Umm Al Qaiwain Festival for Camel racing. Camel racing is part of a programme designed by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to revive sports associated with the country's heritage. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Camel race held at Al Wathba

Posted on 28/01/2003

A camel race was held in Abu Dhabi at the camel racing track in Al Wathba. The race was held under the directives of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, pertaining to the preservation of the country's heritage. The race was also held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Camel ...  >>MORE

Zayed Grand prix camel races at Al Wathba

Posted on 26/01/2003

Two camel races were held yesterday at Al Wathba Camel Race Track as part of the Zayed Grand prix. Each race ran in 12 rounds. A number of Sheikhs, senior officials and a large crowd of fans attended the morning and evening races. A horse owned by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan won the evening race while another horse owned by Ateq Al Qubaisi won the morning meeting. A total amount of Dh10 million would be won in all the 120 race meetings for the three categories, ...  >>MORE

Zayed Grand Award at stake in Al Wathba Camel Race Festival

Posted on 22/01/2003

All is now set for this year's Al Wathba Camel Race Festival, which comes off on Saturday at the Al Wathba Camel Race track with fantastic prizes at stake, making up the Zayed Grand Award. A total amount of Dhs10million would be won in all the 120 race meetings for the three categories, including special races for local and thoroughbreds for sheikhs and tribesmen. The festival, which ends on January 31, is in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. ...  >>MORE

Camel Race to be held in the Abu Dhabi Western Region

Posted on 06/11/2002

A camel race will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Zayed City Racing track in the Western region, it was announced here today. The race will be held under the patronage of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Camel Racing Federation. Cash prizes will be ...  >>MORE

Camel race to be held at the Abu Dhabi Western region

Posted on 23/10/2002

A camel race will be held on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning at the Zayed City Racing track in the Western region, it was announced here today. The race will be held under the patronage of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Camel Racing Federation. Cash ...  >>MORE

UNICEF lauds UAE ban on children as camel jockeys

Posted on 23/09/2002

The move by the United Arab Emirates to ban the use of children as jockeys for camel races has been praised by the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, it is revealed today. In a letter to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Camel Racing Federation, ECRF, the UNICEF representative for the Gulf area, Stefan Toma, wrote that: "The United Arab Emirates has always been one of the pioneering states in the Gulf in the field of ...  >>MORE

Cabinet set to endorse camel race draft law

Posted on 17/09/2002

The federal cabinet is expected to endorse a long-awaited draft law organising the popular camel race sport in the UAE and banning participation of camel jockeys younger than 15 years, Arabic language newspapers reported yesterday. The Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf has drafted the Camel Race Law involving guidelines for such races, licensing for camel owners and jockey ages. It will be presented to the cabinet for endorsement. "Under the new law, the age of a camel jockey ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed re-affirms ECRF commitment to enforce child jockeys ban

Posted on 05/09/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Camel Racing Federation (ECRF) said here today that the federation was intensifying contacts with concerned authorities to ensure the strict implementation of a legislation banning the use of children under 15 as camel jockeys in the UAE. The legislation which was issued in July comes into force with effect from this racing season which begins in October. Under this legislation, there will also ...  >>MORE

Use of children in camel racing banned

Posted on 30/07/2002

The use of children under 15 as jockeys in the popular local sport of camel-racing is to be banned, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Emirates Camel Racing Federation, ECRF, announced today. Sheikh Hamdan, who is also the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, announced that the ban would come into effect from 1st September 2002. Since the last racing season ended in ...  >>MORE

Camel race concluding festival begins

Posted on 14/03/2002

Two camel race meetings were held here today in Wathba Racetrack as part of the Camel race concluding festival which will continue till March 20. The race is in line with the directions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Under close supervision of Sheikh Hamdan bin ...  >>MORE

Camel race concluding festival begins on Wednesday

Posted on 12/03/2002

The camel race concluding festival will begin on Wednesday in Al Wathba race track and will continue till March 20. The race is in line with the directions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and under close supervision of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who is also Chairman of the UAE Camel Race Federation, to preserve ...  >>MORE

Zayed Grand Award camel race concludes

Posted on 03/01/2002

This year's camel race festival came to an end on Wednesday at the Al Wathba camel race track, with a major race meeting of three events, which attracted a large number of camel race fans. In the first major meeting, "Al Anood", owned by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was placed first. "Al Shaqra", owned by Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the second major event, while "Al Mashkoor", owned by Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Camel races great success at Nad Al Sheba

Posted on 27/12/2001

The Nad Al Sheba camel racetracks held nine camel races with a total prize money of Dh100, 000 ($27,247) on 21 December. The event was organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) to mark the 30th National Day and Eid. Awadh Al Seghayer, DTCM Manager Heritage Sites and Events said 'from the crowds at the races it is obvious that camel racing is very popular' adding that 'we plan to make the camel race a regular festival fixture'. The camel-racing season begins in ...  >>MORE

Camel population in Western region rises to one million

Posted on 01/07/2001

The Western Region of Abu Dhabi is undergoing a dramatic comprehensive development with livestock population increasing to a record level, a local official said. ' Agriculture and animal wealth sectors are given top priority in the region's development plans as they are deeply linked with the daily life of the citizens there,' Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, Under Secretary of the Court of Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, said in an interview to ' Al Ittihad'. ...  >>MORE

Zayed Grand Prix:Camel Races Festival

Posted on 13/01/2001

A camel race meeting was held at Al Wathba racetrack yesterday as part of Zayed Grand Prix Camel Races Festival. The organisers have allocated cash prizes of Dh 10 million for the winners of the five-day premier races. Yesterday's race meeting was attended by a number of Sheikhs and officials. The festival is part of the programme designed by 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 ...  >>MORE

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