Arab-American expat wins 1st place at 4th Camel Trek Marathon

As part of the UAE’s 51st National Day celebrations, the second preliminary race for the 4th edition of the Camel Trek Marathon for UAE expats, organized by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), was held over the weekend at Dubai Camel Racing Club’s Al Marmoom Race Track.

The 1,500-meter camel race involved 20 expatriate riders from 12 countries, including the USA, Czech Republic, France, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Germany, Jordan, Russia, Pakistan, China, Estonia, and Brazil.

Maryam Suhrawardi, an American of Arab origin, came above everyone else as she finished in first place with a time of 3mins and 25.5 seconds.

Suhrawardi was closely followed by 14-year-old German student Emilia Piesker, who finished in 3 mins and 27.2 seconds. In third place was Madawi Al-Ahmad, from Saudi Arabia, with a time of 3 mins and 29.5 seconds.

Suhrawardi said: “It was a wonderful race. My start was excellent, and I maintained the lead throughout the race. Last year’s race gave me a lot of experience and confidence. I will continue to work and train hard for the upcoming final race.”

Piesker, the youngest participant in the race, grabbed first place in the preliminary camel race. Piesker, nicknamed ‘Rawda,’ also joined the Camel Trek voyage last year with her mother.

Al-Ahmad likewise joined last year’s Camel Trek, said: “My participation in the Camel Trek was unforgettable, particularly when we entered the Expo grounds and we were warmly welcomed by the crowd. It was a great moment of joy and celebration.”

The camel race, which promotes UAE’s cultural heritage and embodies the spirit of tolerance and camaraderie, is held annually under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

HHC CEO Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmook congratulated the winners and all the participants. He also underlined the HHC’s role in implementing the directives of Sheikh Hamdan and achieving his vision and the government’s role in promoting heritage sports in the framework of spreading peace and tolerance among the different peoples and cultures of the world. PR/ Expat Media

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