Al Swan Race Club

Al Swan Race Club

From October to January camel races are normally held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the camel track at the Al Swan Race Club in Ras al Khaimah. The races typically start at 7:00 in the morning. And while you have to get up early, you will on the other hand also see the sun rising.
There are no human jockeys but only robots. The person controlling the robot drives in a car along the track. As some spectators also follow the racing camels in their cars, the armada of cars easily outnumbers the camels actually running the race. That all together creates an unusual atmosphere, as the human interaction and enthusiasm are not observable for the spectator. You can however join the spectacle and drive along with your own car. And that again makes the races in Ras al Khaimah rather special: It is not a closed event, but the races are easy accessible. That allows for a very close-up impression of camel racing. And of course you will see lots of other (non-racing) camels everywhere.

The races follow a more or less circular path. The finish line is near the entrance gate, the start is a bit down the track and my be at different points for different races. (You will easily find it, as that is where the main action is happening.)


Note: The actual dates and timings of the bigger races are a bit tricky to figure out. But I will try my best to get the schedule and update this post, once the data is available.