Traditional Sports

The Arabian peninsula has a long sporting tradition.

Hunting with dogs, falconry and horse and camel-racing have a history of thousand of years.

Amongst the bedouin, long distance camel-racing, involving thousands of animals racing across tracts of desert, has long been popular. The modern version which takes place at race tracks, is a regular weekly event in Riyadh and forms a spectacular feature of the annual National Heritage and Cultural Jenadriyah Festival.

Falconry is a pastime of great antiquity and remains a sport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, although today it is carefully regulated to protect any endangered wildlife on which falcons prey.

The Arabian horse, noted for its beauty, speed and intelligence is prized perhaps above all other breeds. Its superb qualities are displayed all over the Kingdom at modern race-tracks.

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