Camel Races of Kuwait
You haven't really experienced life
in the Middle East unless you have gone to the camel races. They start
in the fall and are held every weekend (Thursday and Friday) until it starts
to get hot in April. The track is a 5 kilometers oval with a road
running alongside the track. As the camels race, they are flanked by all
sorts of vehicles racing alongside on the dirt road paralleling the race
track. From the stands as the camels round the final turn you see
this wild melee of vehicles racing ahead to position themselves at the
finish line to watch their favorite cross the line. As the camels
lope toward the finish line they are frothing at the mouth and the small
boy (7-10 years old) riders flail at them with
whips, as the crowd cheers for their favorite.
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At the Camel Races
The camels first come into view.
The cars race to the finish to watch.
The camels lope across the finish line.
Spectators by the reviewing stand.
Sunset over the desert as the races are over.