The Majesty of Dubai’s Racing Camels in Training

Young camels get used to going around the racetrack

Although there is still a chill in the air, the early morning sun begins to heat up the sand dunes as the camels trot past, their padded feet scarcely making a sound on the desert floor. Stately seniors, with trainers perched on their backs, lead one or two youngsters by ropes tied around their necks. They are here at the Dubai Camel Racetrack, where photographer Khalid Aziz came to capture these stunning photographs, taken over three visits in February 2012.

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A trainer on a camel leads his charges over rippling sand dunes.

It is a scene that could have taken place a thousand years ago, or a hundred, or just yesterday. This is because the training and racing of camels on these sands is a tradition that has been honored through the ages — and one that is still widely practiced, even in the age of SUVs and modern technology.

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