Race to the out­doors

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You’ll have to reroute your drive to and from work be­tween Jan­uary 31 and Fe­bru­ary 4 to make way for the Dubai Tour. The pro­fes­sional cy­cling race, which has been ex­panded to in­clude five stages this year, will start from the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Marine Club, cover Ras Al Khaimah and see in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­ons pedal along spe­cial tracks in Al Aqah, Hatta and City Walk, where the race fin­ishes. Visit dubai­tour.com But first, this week­end, it’s camels that will race, at the Dubai Camel Race to­mor­row and Sun­day. The event at Al Mar­moum Camel Race­track will see Emi­rati her­itage merge with tech­nol­ogy as ro­bot jock­eys di­rect over 60 camels to the fin­ish line. Free en­try, visit dcrc.ae.

Look­ing ahead, the Shar­jah Sports Desert Fes­ti­val is set to kick up a (sand) storm at Shar­jah’s Al Ba­dayer Desert Camp on the Hatta Road from Fe­bru­ary 2-3. The fes­ti­val is ded­i­cated to desert mo­tor­sports and fea­tures high-oc­tane ac­tiv­i­ties such as quad bik­ing and dune bash­ing on race­track de­signed by Emi­rati MX rally cham­pion Mo­ham­mad Al Balooshi. Not a thrill-seek­ing dare­devil? Spec­ta­tors can en­joy harm­less fun at an Aladdin castle, face and sand paint­ing, bal­loon ben­ders, white henna paint­ing and a ‘Flames of Won­der’ show. Visit smc.ae.

Rac­ing en­thu­si­asts have plenty to look for­ward to, whether it’s watch­ing camels put in the leg­work, or get­ting on bikes or quads them­selves

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