THE PINNACLE OF CAMEL RACING:
THE ALULA CAMEL CUP
Day 1: Fusion of Heritage and Modernity
The opening day of the AlUla Camel Cup was a celebration of heritage and modernity, with desert-inspired fashion on display, traditional music and arts that visitors could enjoy, and dining outlets that used local produce.
Day 2: Traditional Heritage Village
The AlUla Camel Cup featured a traditional Heritage Village at the racing venue, which included the Al Qafila Market, where visitors could buy locally made souvenirs and handicrafts, interact with local craftspeople. Some of the wares being sold included woven goods such as sadu carpets and rugs, handmade soap, creams and candles, and pottery. Visitors could also participate in immersive experiences such as painting camel monuments, henna, calligraphy, sand bottling, and sand art areas.
Day 3: Swizz Beatz Praises the AlUla Camel Cup
Adding to the buzz at the event, Grammy-award-winning record producer Swizz Beatz was in attendance to watch competitors from his Saudi Bronx team in action. The musician is the first American to own a camel racing team in Saudi Arabia, and said he was pleased to be part of the growth of AlUla: “It’s always amazing to be in AlUla. This place is very special to me and my family’s hearts. To be able to attend the first AlUla Camel Cup and with Saudi Bronx being the first American team in the history of the federation is an honour.”
Day 4: Camel Races and Awards
The final day of the AlUla Camel Cup was a special day for one family, after two Emirati brothers Hamad and Saeed Al Katbi came out on top in the thrilling races - with one camel winning the SAR7.5 million ‘Heil’ race and another the SAR7.5 million ‘Zmoul’ race. Adding celebrity flair to the final day, Hollywood actor Will Smith was in attendance along with his friend Swizz Beatz.