A Traveller's View | Living with Bedouins

Every year the annual Bedouin Camel Race takes place early January in the South Sinai. This race is the championship between all the best camels of the Sinai region. The night before the race the Bedouins have a meeting where they discuss the rules and how the race will take place. Early the next morning everyone gathers around the camels being prepared for the race (approx. 20km) through a valley deep inside the Sinai desert. The camels start racing with no warning, but that is when all the chaos starts. Everyone rushes back to their trucks or jeeps to race through the desert themselves in order to get to the finish line before the camels. Once the race is over, everyone seems to celebrate with gunfire.