In pictures: camel racing, falconry and sand dunes at the Liwa Festival in UAE
The annual Liwa Festival festival takes place in the Moreeb Dune, one of the longest sand dunes in the world, approximately 250 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi. Reaching a height of 300 metres, it’s a popular place to host sand drag races.
The seven day event attracts travellers from all over the region, with the aim of promoting the folklore and traditional activities of the United Arab Emirates.
Racing is high on the Liwa Festival agenda, with races between camels, cars, bikes, falcons and horses all part of the week’s festivities.
As well as races, there are also activities such as camping, a market of UAE-made handcrafts and even a camel beauty contest. How could they ever choose out of these beauties?
Camel-racing remains a popular sport in the Gulf region, with its popularity even stretching as far as Australia. In the UAE, they are controlled by remote control ‘jockeys’ after they banned the use of underage jockeys in 2002. Even Hollywood star Jackie Chan is a reputed fan of the sport, having visited when he was filming on location in Dubai.