Race to the outdoors
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