UAE 45th National Day Camel Marathon to take place in Dubai

  • Thursday 01, December 2016 in 4:23 PM
  • Camels gear up for the marathon
Sharjah 24 – WAM: The National Day Camel Marathon in the UAE, organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) in cooperation with Dubai Camel Racing Club, will take place on Saturday, 3rd December, at Dubai International Endurance City, Saih Al Salam. The Camel Marathon is part of the on-going 45th National Day celebrations.
Speaking on the occasion, Souad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Championships at HHC, said, "Camel racing is one of the most enduring and centuries-old traditional sports in the UAE. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, we have renamed the race as the National Day Camel Marathon since it coincides with the UAE's National Day celebrations.
"The National Day Camel Marathon is in line with the centre's initiatives aimed at safeguarding our intangible cultural heritage and encouraging Emiratis to participate in traditional sports in an atmosphere that exudes a sense of national pride and community spirit. 
The National Day Camel Marathon occupies pride of place in the Fazza Championships annual events calendar and serves as another platform for encouraging the younger generation to take up traditional Emirati sports and keep in touch with their heritage."