Orbital View: Gentlemen, Start Your Camels ...

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Ever seen a race track of camels from space? Neither have I:

Quigley complements this view of the Dubai Camel Racing Club by pointing to a 2013 article in What’s On—an entertainment magazine in the United Arab Emirates—which details how “the country’s largest camel racecourse is relatively unknown to the hordes of tourists that fly into town, and that is just the way the locals like it.” Money quote:

[T]he sport has undergone some serious modernisation over the past decade. Since 2002, following pressure from human rights groups, child jockeys were replaced by little robotic machines controlled by remote control. Now the owners cruise alongside the track in fleets of 4x4s controlling the robotic jockey while seemingly trying to exhaust their car’s horn.


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