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At the Camel Trek Marathon in Dubai.

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Yemeni expat wins Dh100,000 in Dubai camel race

Yemeni expatriate Reem Salem took home the Dh100,000 prize at the recent Camel Trek Marathon organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC).

A total of 24 camel riders from 18 countries took part in the race held as part of the Arabian Camel Festival under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Camel riders who took part in this year’s race came from the Philippines, UK, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Yemen, Luxembourg, China, France, Jordan, Brazil, Estonia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Italy, Germany, Iran and Pakistan.

Dubai camel race result

Salem finished the 2km camel race held at Dubai Camel Racing Club’s Al Marmoom Race Track in 3 minutes and 10.5 seconds.

Chinese national Xiaozhe Huo, who previously won the race, came close at second place with a time of 3 minutes and 11.5 seconds and received Dh70,000; while French expat Aude Derflinger claimed third place (3 minutes and 14.5 seconds) and received Dh50,000.

“The race was very intense from start to finish and I’m so happy to finish on top. I would like to thank HHC for organising this annual race and for training us to become excellent camel riders. The UAE is very close to me and winning this heritage sport gives me immense pride and honour,” Salem said.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum crowned the winners in the presence of HHC CEO Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmook, who expressed his happiness with the high number of participants and the diversity of nationalities in the annual camel race for expats. TA/Expat Media


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