CAIRO - 1 March 2023: Hundreds of camel owners of purebred Arabian camels are preparing for a new round of camel racing, which will start tomorrow, Thursday, at the Camel Racetrack in Sharm El-Sheikh Safari.
The Egyptian Camel Federation announced that the scheduled race will last for two days with 30 sessions, and is organized by the Egyptian Camel Federation with the support of the UAE Camel Federation under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Governorate of South Sinai.
It is scheduled that the activities of the first day, Thursday, will start with 27 running sessions, which are during the morning period, including distances of 2 km, 3 km and 4 km.
And the evening period is a marathon run for distances of 6 km, 12 km.
Eid Hamdan, head of the Egyptian Camel Racing Federation, said that the race is attended by camels from the governorates of North and South Sinai, Sharqia, Ismailia, Suez, the New Valley, Luxor, Minya, Sohag and Minya, and it starts at dawn on Thursday at 5:30 am, and the evening period begins at 1 pm.
He pointed out that the camel camel participants from all governorates were received, and registration was opened until Tuesday evening, 2/28/2023, according to a new database that relied on registration with the photo of the card and the phone number of each participating camel owner.
The head of the Egyptian Camel Federation added that the first refresher camel racing tournament was launched at the Sharm El-Sheikh track for the current year, last January, with the participation of 750 camels from 12 governorates, who raced for 30 rounds.
Salama Abu El-Nada Tarabin, Head of the Competitions Committee of the Egyptian Camel Federation, indicated that camels from all the desert governorates of Egypt attended the race, and the races are launched according to the age of each camel and are completed by the motorized rider and a traditional race by the human rider.
Dr. Mahdi Samaha, director of the tournament, added that the race is organized by specialized technical committees that start by determining the age of each camel and choosing the appropriate race for it.
Major General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, said that the revitalization of camel races comes within the framework of preparations for the Egyptian-Emirati Camel and Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to start soon, under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and in the presence of dignitaries from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
Fouda renewed his call to all camel breeders and concerned institutions in all regions to participate in the events hosted by the camel track in Sharm El-Sheikh and to benefit from the components of the huge project that was established to grant unlimited opportunities to achieve many and varied gains for all participants.