Camel racing is a sport in which camels are raced at high speeds along a predetermined track with a rider astride. The dromedary—whose name is derived from the Greek verb drain, "to run"—rather than the Bactrian camel is the most common animal used in the sport.
Camels are raised for their meat, milk, and hides and are commonly utilised as a mode of transportation. Camel racing dates back to the dawn of time. It can be traced back to the early Islamic period, in the 7th century CE, the dromedary's native habitat in the Arabian Peninsula. Although typically dominated by horse racing in that region (the Arabian horse is native to the peninsula), camel racing has long been a popular pastime among the locals at social gatherings and festivals.