Traditional camel racing in Oman

It’s not easy to find a place to watch traditional camel racing as usually there is a limited amount of information about where it happens and you need to befriend a local man before. It took us about a year to finally find the place.

Here are few tips:

  1. Probably the best opportunity to find camel racing is either around Barka, Al Wasil or Masirah Island.
  2. Ask every Omani person that you casually meet if he knows about camel racing – especially if his family is from places mentioned in #1.
  3. You will need an Omani guy to bring you to the race as they are usually in difficult to find places, even if you have coordinates.
  4. Races start early in the morning. Come before the race starts to enjoy the atmosphere… camels and riders coming from different directions, singing, and the morning sun.
  5. Please dress up modestly. Note that only Omani men attend the races.
  6. Enjoy the race and be careful as camels can sometimes run wild.

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