The Crown Prince Camel Festival 2022 started (Saturday) at Taif Camel Square, and will last for approximately 44 days, with the participation of Gulf and international countries.
The race comes in several categories in its preliminary stage, which are the category of Al-Mafarid, Al-Haqqayyah, Al-Laqaya, Al-Jaz’, Al-Thaniah, Al-Hail, Al-Zamoul, and the Marathon Run (in two periods at 7 am and 4 pm). In total, these runs are approximately 591, distributed over the days of the race.
The prizes allocated to the festival are considered the largest in their value at the level of sports in the Kingdom, which was estimated at more than 56 million riyals, including the Crown Prince’s sword prize of one million riyals, while the distances of the runs varied between 2 and 6 kilometers.
It is noteworthy that the festival, which is held on the oldest camel fields in the Kingdom, was opened in 1406 AH, and is a major destination for owners and lovers of camels and an incubator of the original heritage.
The previous edition of the festival witnessed a new record in the Guinness Book of Records, as the largest number of camels participating in camel festivals in the world. It also broke previous records recorded in the first and second editions of the festival, where 14843 camels participated in the festival competitions, including 7870 mounts in the preliminary stage, and 6973 mounts in the final stage.
The festival contributed to the Kingdom being the first destination in the world for the interest and organization of the ancient camel sport, the most prominent of which was the establishment of an international camel federation headed by the Kingdom and headquartered in the capital Riyadh, and the election of Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal by acclamation as its president, and Prince Fahd bin Jalawi as his deputy.
The Crown Prince Camel Festival has also succeeded in enhancing the civilized and national aspects and has contributed to achieving great cultural and economic returns. Since its inception, it has achieved some achievements, including setting world records in the Guinness Book of Records.
The festival enjoys the support and interest of Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the camel sector and its development, according to an ambitious vision that keeps pace with the Kingdom’s position and the aspirations of its people, and achieves the goals of camel owners and lovers of this sport in all regions of the Kingdom and the Arab world.
The Crown Prince Camel Festival seeks to consolidate and enhance the heritage of camel racing in Saudi, Arab and Islamic culture, in addition to supporting the tourism and economic movement in the Kingdom, in a way that enhances community participation, roots the national heritage, and reflects the cultural depth of the Kingdom.