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Camel Racing at Dubai's Al Marmoom Heritage Festival

World | Associated Press | April 19, 2017, 6:48 pm
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Camel racing is a big-money sport and fast thoroughbreds can fetch well over a million dollars. As rising temperatures across Gulf Arab countries signal the end of the winter camel racing season, Dubai is wrapping up its races with the annual Al Marmoom Heritage Festival that has drawn thousands of camels from across the oil-rich Gulf. In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camel keepers bring their camels inside the official racing compound ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Image: AP)

Camel racing is a big-money sport and fast thoroughbreds can fetch well over a million dollars. As rising temperatures across Gulf Arab countries signal the end of the winter camel racing season, Dubai is wrapping up its races with the annual Al Marmoom Heritage Festival that has drawn thousands of camels from across the oil-rich Gulf. In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camel keepers bring their camels inside the official racing compound ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a keeper walks camels to the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a keeper walks camels to the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a camel keeper tries to control his camel ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a camel keeper tries to control his camel ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a marshal tries to control the camels behind the start barrier a few seconds ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a marshal tries to control the camels behind the start barrier a few seconds ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a camel keeper prepares a camel for the morning race near the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, a camel keeper prepares a camel for the morning race near the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Friday, April 14, 2017 photo, camel keepers make final preparation of their camels before the start point of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Friday, April 14, 2017 photo, camel keepers make final preparation of their camels before the start point of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camel keepers bring their camels inside the official racing compound ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camel keepers bring their camels inside the official racing compound ahead of a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camels mounted with robot jockeys start a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camels mounted with robot jockeys start a race at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camel owners in their SUVs follow their camels as a race starts at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017 photo, camel owners in their SUVs follow their camels as a race starts at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, in al-Lisaili about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: AP)