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Camel Racing With Robots Is A Very Real Thing That Is Happening In Dubai

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1. Camel racing is one of the oldest sports in the Middle East.

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2. Up until 2002, children from India were used as jockeys.

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3. Since a law was passed to outlaw the use of children, the camel owners have started using robots.

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4. The robots are equipped with whips.

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5. And are controlled by the owners…

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6. From cars that they race next to the track.

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7. The robots have both shock absorbers and GPS tracking systems.

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8. Racing a thoroughbred camel can be very lucrative.

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9. Some camels are valued at over $1 million USD.

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10. That’s a damn expensive camel.

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