AlUla Camel Cup

April 2024

The AlUla Camel Cup returns for a second edition of ‘The Pinnacle of Camel Racing’. A true spectator sport, visitors can experience multiple days of exhilarating camel races and get a taste of one of the region’s oldest sports. Be one of the chic onlookers cheering on these magnificent animals as they compete for the high prize.

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The Pinnacle of Camel Racing

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), the inaugural AlUla Camel Cup crowned a ‘Champion of Champions’ complete with a grand prize pool of SAR 80 million.

The AlUla Camel Cup Experience

Heritage Village

This trackside venue offered visitors plenty of space for leisure and relaxation, including restaurants and food stalls, a qafila-style retail experience, and grandstand seating. It played host to a variety of music and artistic shows, too, while craft workshops provided hands-on, camel-themed fun for visitors of all ages. 

The AlUla Camel Cup Experience

The History

The abundance of camel carvings etched into the area's ancient rock bear witness to the pivotal role these iconic ‘ships of the desert’ have played in AlUla culture and civilisation for millennia. And camel racing can be traced as far back as the seventh century, putting it among the region’s oldest – and most popular – sports.

The AlUla Camel Cup Experience

The Trophy

The winner of the AlUla Camel Cup received a priceless, one-of-a kind trophy crafted from sterling silver and 24-carat gold plate. The expert craftsmen at Thomas Lyte have incorporated a design paying homage to the region’s beauty, featuring camels, rock art, and depictions of AlUla’s landscape.

The AlUla Camel Cup Experience

The Fashion

A highlight of the social calendar, AlUla Camel Cup was the place to see and be seen, and to dress your best. An on-site fashion boutique meant you could add to your wardrobe, too. What’s more, branded merch by Saudi Bronx – the first and only American camel racing team owned by Swizz Beatz – brought some NYC street-style to the mix. 


Day 1

Experience the thrill of Day 1 of the AlUla Camel Cup. From revealing the one-of-a-kind trophies, exploring Heritage Village and – of course – watching the exciting ‘Marathon’ races with human jockeys, this was a magnificent first day to kick off ‘The Pinnacle of Camel Racing’.

Day 2

Day 2 of the AlUla Camel Cup showcased the speed of young camels in ‘Hagayeg’ and ‘Lagaya’ races featuring the use of robot jockeys. Beautiful weather, an incredible atmosphere and more big wins continued to put ‘The Pinnacle of Camel Racing’ in AlUla on the map.

Day 3

The electric atmosphere continued both on and off the track for the third day of AlUla Camel Cup. Two longer distance races ‘Jiza’ and ‘Thanaya’ tested the more experienced camels’ endurance with some nail-biting finished that thrilled the crowds.

Day 4

The AlUla Camel Cup climaxed with two ‘Elite’ races in which some of the world’s finest racing camels vied for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’ and a record prize purse. An incredible concert by music star Rabeh Sager was a fittingly finale to this hugely successful event and new highlight in the camel racing calendar. 

Sports Events in AlUla

AlUla’s diverse landscapes and challenging terrain make it a unique place to host a range of sporting events. From the world’s first sandy-pitch Polo arena to trail running through a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see what incredible sporting events are coming to AlUla below.

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AlUla Camel Cup Venue


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