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SPORT & LEISURE - CAMEL RACING

Unicef lauds UAE’s efforts to rehabilitate child jockeys

Posted on 11/06/2007

Major-General Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, received Dr Ayman Abu Laban, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in the Arabian Gulf Region, in his office yesterday. They discussed the actions taken after the signing of the second agreement between the UAE and Unicef on the rehabilitation of children formerly employed in camel racing. Dr Ayman Abu Laban expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Ministry of Interior for ...  >>MORE

Rehabilitation of camel jockeys on right track

Posted on 10/05/2007

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior has expressed his satisfaction over the progress of the activities being implemented for the rehabilitation of over a thousand children who once worked as camel jockeys in the country. A special committee set up by the Ministry of Interior to follow up the rehabilitation program have returned after paying visits to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Mauritania to oversee the progress of rehabilitation projects. Sheikh Saif ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates commitment to end use of underage camel jockeys

Posted on 26/04/2007

UNICEF and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, together with delegates from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, and Sudan met this week to affirm their historic commitment to ending the use of children as camel jockeys and providing services and compensation to all children formerly involved in camel racing in the UAE. Acknowledging that an international solution is the only effective way to protect former camel jockeys, the governments of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Mauritania ...  >>MORE

Agreement to set up facility to hear injury claims on camel jockeys reached

Posted on 26/04/2007

The UAE, in conjunction with the Governments of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan, have agreed to establish an independent claims facility to hear and adjudicate individual claims for injury by children formerly involved in camel racing. The move, agreed upon during a conference last week, was taken with the consultation and technical advice of UNICEF. UNICEF and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, together with delegates from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, and Sudan met this week ...  >>MORE

Child jockey agreement extended, Interior Minister attends signing ceremony

Posted on 24/04/2007

The agreement for the rehabilitation and repatriation of child jockeys to their respective countries have been extended. Interior Minister, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, attended the agreement signing ceremony held in Abu Dhabi at the Police Officers Club. Interior Ministry Under Secretary, Major General Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, signed the agreement for the UAE side, while the UNICEF Representative in the Gulf region, Ayman Abu Laban, signed for the UNICEF in a short ceremony ...  >>MORE

UAE follows up on rehabilitation of repatriated camel jockeys

Posted on 22/04/2007

A high-level delegation from the UAE Interior Ministry visited Pakistan to inspect follow up on programmes set up by both countries to rehabilitate child camel-jockeys who previously took part in camel races in the UAE. The said Pakistani children have been repatriated to their home country following an agreement between the UAE and the United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF. Head of the delegation Director General of Finance and Services at Abu Dhabi Police Major General Khalil Badran ...  >>MORE

UAE reviews re-integration of Pakistani child jockeys

Posted on 20/04/2007

Islamabad - A delegation from Interior Ministry, headed by Major General Khalil Badran, Director of Finance and Services at Abu Dhabi Police has started a visit to Pakistan today to monitor rehabilitation of camel jockey children returning from UAE. UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Mohammed Hamad Al Shamsi said that the visit was made under the directives of Interior minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The visit comes as part of continued coordination between UAE and ...  >>MORE

Rama the cama has company

Posted on 22/03/2007

The Dubai Camel Centre made headlines in 1998 when it produced the world's first cama, a hybrid between a male camel and a female guanaco (llama's wild antecedent), species that were naturally separated 30 million years ago. Rama the cama is now nine years old and shares the limelight with three others of his species: Kamilah, Jamilah and Rocky. The camas were conceived through artificial insemination, whereby llamas were inseminated with camel semen and ovulation induced by hormone ...  >>MORE

UAE/UNICEF consider setting up projects for ex-jockeys

Posted on 13/02/2007

The Ministry of Interior and UNICEF yesterday explored the possibility of setting up development projects to guarantee the future needs of former young camel jockeys. The idea of setting up projects was discussed during a meeting here Monday between Major General Saif Abdullah Al Shafaar, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior and Dr. Omar Abdi, Regional Director of UNICEF. Dr. Abdi who begins his tenure as the new regional chief of UNICEF lauded the UAE's handling of young jockeys ...  >>MORE

Four-legged life-saver

Posted on 25/01/2007

Dubai's camels are lending their blood the to the creation of groundbreaking new anti-venom for deadly snake bites that is expected to save thousands of lives. Scientists at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, CVRL, in Dubai have pioneered the breakthrough, using the strength of a camel's immune system, and expect to introduce the anti-venom in human treatment from May. "Typically, anti-venom s made from horses blood. But there has always been a big risk in that because some people ...  >>MORE

UAE is a valued partner of the United States: Mitchell

Posted on 18/01/2007

The UAE is a valued partner of the United States on economic, security and human rights issues, according to US Senator George Mitchell. Asked about his view of the current situation in Dubai, which has recently come under attack from lawyers in the United States for alleged abuse of camel jockeys, Senator Mitchell said: "The United Arab Emirates and Dubai in particular, have given birth to a truly modern, urban and tolerant Arabic society of the 21st Century. Dubai has achieved ...  >>MORE

Child camel jockey's law suit in US court will be null and void: Ansar Burney

Posted on 23/12/2006

The leading international human and civil rights group Ansar Burney Trust has expressed his thanks and gratitude to H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan the President of the United Arab Emirates, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their directives to search for any remaining underage child camel jockey in ...  >>MORE

UAE extends pact with UNICEF

Posted on 18/12/2006

The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates has agreed to expand the nation's partnership with UNICEF that successfully ended the use of underage jockeys in camel racing and that repatriated and rehabilitated more than 1,000 former jockeys to their home countries. UAE's Minister of Interior, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, welcomed the decision taken during the cabinet meeting presided by UAE's Deputy President and Prime Minister HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to extend the agreement ...  >>MORE

Camel race festival held

Posted on 25/11/2006

Under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, the 17th heritage camel race festival was opened in Abu Dhabi on Thursday The festival's first day saw 15-race meeting, competed by jockeys whose ages range between 20-60 years. The two-day festival is being organised by the Emirates Heritage Club. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UNICEF hails UAE for banning child jockeys

Posted on 23/11/2006

June Kunugi, the UNICEF Representative for the Gulf Region, paid today tribute to Lt.General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, for the efforts made by the UAE for banning child jockeys camel. She said the UAE had dealt with the issue with a humanitarian spirit and its model was appreciated by the international community. The UNICEF official called on Shafaar to bid farewell at the expiry of her tenure in the Region. Kunugi made her remarks during a meeting today ...  >>MORE

UAE stresses commitment to solving child camel jockeys issue

Posted on 20/09/2006

Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed AL Nahyan received yesterday UNICEF's Regional Director, MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Dr. Omar Abedi and UNICEF Representative for the Gulf countries June Kungi. Discussions took in the first phase of the project concerned with protecting minors working in camel races. Abedi praised the UAE's political keen willingness to solve the issue with total transparency and clarity. The minister of interior stressed UAE's ...  >>MORE

UAE to build camel racing track in Jordan

Posted on 29/08/2006

Amman - The UAE will build a JR 5-million camel race track in Al Dissa area, according to an agreement between the UAE and Jordan. The agreement was signed for the UAE by ambassador Rahma Hussein Al Zaabi and for Jordan by Tariq Al Zouabi, Director of Public Works at Al Aqaba Free Zone. In remarks shortly after the agreement, Ambassador Al Zaabi said the UAE donation will boost the camel racing sports in Jordan. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Banning child jockeys a step in the right direction: MoI Under Secretary

Posted on 12/06/2006

The United Arab Emirates has repatriated 1,075 children to their original countries since a decision to ban use of children as camel jockeys was enforced. "The UAE has helped 1,075 children from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Mauritania and Eritrea return home after undergoing a rehabilitation programme," Major General Saif Al Sha'far, Under Secretary of Interior Minister said. Addressing a press conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Al Sha'far referred to the decree issued by President H.H. ...  >>MORE

Unicef praises UAE for not using child jockeys

Posted on 11/06/2006

June Kunugi, the Unicef representative for the Gulf region, said the UAE has become an exemplary model for other GCC states in stopping the use of child jockeys in camel racing. "The UAE has been successful in implementing most of the measures in preventing those under 18 from being misused for camel racing," she said. In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, she said the Unicef project to extend support to the UAE to put an end to the phenomenon of child jockeys had been crowned with ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Interior and UNICEF asses efforts to reintegrate ex-child jockeys

Posted on 03/06/2006

The Ministry of Interior and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) held a meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday to coordinate their joint efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate ex-child camel jockeys into their respective communities. The meeting which was headed on the UAE side by Col. Najm Al Housani, Head of the Directorate of Community Police, identified the needs of the former young jockeys with the aim of successfully re-integrating them into the main social stream of their home ...  >>MORE

Jockeys hand over whips to robots

Posted on 04/04/2006

Robots are taking over human jobs everyday, and the traditional camel racing business is no longer any different. Last year's long-awaited move to replace illegal underage camel jockeys in the UAE has finally come to fruition camel races are now fully automated, and definitely make for a peculiar sight. The robot jockeys that were introduced last year were modelled after the human form, but the scene is even more unusual this time around at the Al Wathba camel racetrack. The robots are now ...  >>MORE

US lauds UAE progress on child jockeys issue

Posted on 19/03/2006

The United States has hailed the progress made by UAE in addressing the issue of child jockeys In a press conference held in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Erica Barks-Ruggles, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, also lauded the advances made by the UAE on issues of human rights, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and women and child rights issues. "There have been some advances on these issues here. The government has been very very ...  >>MORE

All under-18 camel jockeys banned and repatriated

Posted on 04/03/2006

The Ministry of Interior has repatriated more than 1,000 under-age camel jockeys over the last year", The English Language Dubai-based Gulf News said today. "Some 1,073 former camel jockeys aged up to 15 years were repatriated to their home countries. Twenty more jockeys are still in shelters run by the Interior Ministry", the daily said. "The families of 11 under-age jockeys were involved in lawsuits in the UAE and the remaining children would be repatriated soon." "This problem will become ...  >>MORE

62 child camel jockeys head for Pakistan as repatriation resumes

Posted on 24/11/2005

The Social Support Centre here has resumed the repatriation of rescued Pakistani child camel jockeys, with 62 of them being sent home tomorrow, an official at the centre told Gulf News. The repatriation of these rescued children had been delayed due to the devastating earthquake that hit northern areas of Pakistan last month. According to Lieutenant Colonel Najm Abdullah Al Houseni, Chief of Community Police Department and head of the centre, 62 Pakistani children will be flown home with the ...  >>MORE

Rescued child jockey finds a home

Posted on 18/11/2005

The frail and underweight 4-year-old boy was found in a pool of his own urine. His right leg was held in a home-made plaster cast because the camel he was training to race had fallen on his tiny body. That was August 2004. A feature published by the Dubai-based Gulf News on Thursday describes how life has changed since then for Abdul Khaiyoum. Today, it says, the 5-year-old is well fed and bright eyed. He is learning to read and write and already speaks English. A BBC documentary about ...  >>MORE

UAE expected to have first cloned camel in two years

Posted on 25/10/2005

After producing the world's first test-tube camel in February this year, the Al Hejen Research Centre is embarking upon a pioneering project to produce the world's first cloned camel conceived and born on UAE soil within two years. Researchers at the Abu Dhabi-based Centre began the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) programme four years ago and have produced five healthy test tube calves. The world-renowned breeding team managed by Abdelhak Anouassi has now mastered the technique of camel IVF. ...  >>MORE

Hamdan orders RCA to care for ex-child jockeys

Posted on 08/10/2005

The Red Crescent Authority will look after 40 orphaned former child jockeys till they are reunited with their families. This order was issued by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA). This follows Gulf News's exclusive report yesterday that former child camel jockeys from Pakistan are being sent to an orphanage in Islamabad because they cannot remember their parents' names. He has ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation briefed on camel jockeys rehabilitation steps

Posted on 01/10/2005

Islamabad - Lt. Colonel Najm Abdullah Al Hosani, Director of Societal Police at the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police and Head of the Social Support Centres, met here on Wednesday with Dr Fayza Asghar, Director of the Lahore-based Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB). Al Hosani, who is leading a delegation on a visit to Pakistan, told WAM that that the meeting discussed topics relating to the child camel jockeys who were recently repatriated to Pakistan and progress of their ...  >>MORE

UAE and Pakistani officials discuss measures to expedite repatriation of ex-child jockeys

Posted on 28/09/2005

Islamabad - Officials from the UAE and Pakistan discussed here on Tuesday measures to expedite the repatriation of ex-child camel jockeys. The UAE side was headed by Lt. Col. Najm Abdullah Al Housani, Director of Community Police at the Abu Dhabi Police Directorate, while the Pakistani side was headed by Tariq Azeem Khan, Pakistani Minister for Manpower and Expatriate Affairs. The UAE delegation told their Pakistani colleagues that the decision issued by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin ...  >>MORE

Interior Minister issues two decrees

Posted on 23/09/2005

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, has issued two decrees, the first one creating a civil defence rapid intervention unit in the Western Region and the other on issuance of eligibility cards to camel riders and their respective charges. Under the second decree, camel jockeys are not entitled to take part in camel races unless they are holders of eligibility cards that so permit them. The cards, which the Ministry of Interior issues, is valid for one year and can ...  >>MORE

Robots to debut in races this season

Posted on 23/09/2005

This camel race season will witness the use of robot camel jockeys, which is a totally UAE technology. It was developed by Salem Al Mansouri, 28, a special aide of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister. It took him five months to develop the most successful and the lightest robot jockey in the world. A trial robot jockey race was held on July 18, where 10 blue and red-jerseyed robots participated in a 3km run at Al Wathba racetrack. According to Al Mansouri, the 15kg ...  >>MORE

22 Bangladeshi camel jockeys return home

Posted on 27/08/2005

Twenty-two Bangladeshi camel jockeys returned to Bangladesh Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of children repatriated from the UAE to 61. According to the Bangladeshi newspaper 'The Independent', the 22 former camel jockeys were received by the UNICEF staff when they arrived at the Zia International Airport on two separate flights from Abu Dhabi. "UNICEF is very pleased that so many of the children have returned to Bangladesh. Our main aim now is to ensure their safe reintegration ...  >>MORE

UAE acts to repatriate children camel jockeys

Posted on 24/08/2005

UNICEF announced this month that the UAE is acting to implement a new law that bans children camel jockeys for the traditional camel racing sport, according an online report in ArabicNews.com. Earlier this month, on August 11, the first group of Bangladeshi camel jockeys has been repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and arrived safely in Dhaka. The thirty six former camel jockeys aged between 4 and 15 were greeted by the State Minister of Home Affairs, Md. Lutfozzaman Babar and ...  >>MORE

30 child jockeys return home

Posted on 20/08/2005

Islamabad - Some 30 Pakistani children who used to take part in camel races as jockeys arrived in Pakistan yesterday. Their parents also arrived onboard the same flight. According to Pakistani Newspaper "The News", the children, whose return was arranged by the UAE and Pakistani governments and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), represented the third patch of children returning home. They were received at Lahore airport by the officials of Child Protection Welfare Bureau and the ...  >>MORE

UAE repatriates over 100 children to Bangladesh

Posted on 07/08/2005

A Dhaka daily said on Saturday the UAE will soon repatriate over 100 Bangladeshi children, who used to work as camel jockeys. In a report published yesterday, the New Age daily said a team partly funded by UNICEF left Friday to UAE to bring the children back. It said the move came after about 500 child camel jockeys were recently rescued by UAE police. Meanwhile, The Telegraph daily of London reported on Saturday that another 60 to 100 children are expected to return to Pakistan this coming ...  >>MORE

First experiment for the Robot Jockey launched at Al Wathba Racing Track

Posted on 19/07/2005

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs yesterday attended the first experimental Robot Jockey System for Camel Racing in the UAE, following the decree issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan which prohibited children to be used in Camel Racing. The Law will be enforced in the next Camel Racing Season in October of current year. The usage of robot jockeys instead of real children was instructed by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa ,H.H. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Child jockey repatriation accord well on schedule: UAE official

Posted on 17/07/2005

The repatriation of underage camel jockeys is proceeding well on schedule as agreed between the UAE and UNICEF, depending only on the preparedness and ability of their original countries to receive them, according to a senior Abu Dhabi police officer. In a statement, Lt. Colonel Najm Sayyar, Director of Society Police at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, said the directives of Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, in this respect were so clear from the day ...  >>MORE

UAE lauded for steps on child jockey issue

Posted on 09/07/2005

The UAE authorities are in the process of rehabilitating minors who worked as camel jockeys in preparation to sending them back to their families. Earlier this month, the UAE, in cooperation with a child protection and welfare agency in Pakistan, handed over 22 camel jockeys to their families after completion of legal procedures, officials have revealed. The step was welcomed by Pakistani and international agencies. Officials also disclosed that some 250 children were being rehabilitated. ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa's law attracts world-wide media attention

Posted on 08/07/2005

The law issued by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on prohibiting the involvement of persons under the age of 18 in camel races has attracted world -wide coverage and attention. The law prohibited the participation in any form whatsoever by any person under the age of 18 years, in camel races. The law stated that violators of the law shall be subject to a prison term of not more than three years and/or a fine not exceeding UAE Dirhams 50,000, with the penalties being doubled ...  >>MORE

Camel jockeys law issued

Posted on 06/07/2005

UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan today issued a Federal Law prohibiting the involvement of persons under the age of 18 in camel races. The law's first article prohibits the participation in any form whatsoever by any persons under the age of 18 years, whether male or female, in camel races. The second article states that violators of the law shall be subject to a prison term of not more than three years and/or to a fine not exceeding UAE dirhams 50,000, with the ...  >>MORE

First camel auction to be held in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/07/2005

The first camel and horse auction in the world will be held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition which will kick off on September 12 this year, organizers said. "Some 300 horses and 135 camels will be auctioned on the sidelines of the event" said Mohammed Khalef Al Mazroui, Member of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Falconers Club and Chairman of the organizing Committee. The show will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed ...  >>MORE

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Unicef lauds UAE’s efforts to rehabilitate child jockeys


Rehabilitation of camel jockeys on right track


UAE reiterates commitment to end use of underage camel jockeys


Agreement to set up facility to hear injury claims on camel jockeys reached


Child jockey agreement extended, Interior Minister attends signing ceremony


UAE follows up on rehabilitation of repatriated camel jockeys


UAE reviews re-integration of Pakistani child jockeys


Rama the cama has company


UAE/UNICEF consider setting up projects for ex-jockeys


Four-legged life-saver


UAE is a valued partner of the United States: Mitchell


Child camel jockey's law suit in US court will be null and void: Ansar Burney


UAE extends pact with UNICEF


Camel race festival held


UNICEF hails UAE for banning child jockeys


UAE stresses commitment to solving child camel jockeys issue


UAE to build camel racing track in Jordan


Banning child jockeys a step in the right direction: MoI Under Secretary


Unicef praises UAE for not using child jockeys


Ministry of Interior and UNICEF asses efforts to reintegrate ex-child jockeys


Jockeys hand over whips to robots


US lauds UAE progress on child jockeys issue


All under-18 camel jockeys banned and repatriated


62 child camel jockeys head for Pakistan as repatriation resumes


Rescued child jockey finds a home


UAE expected to have first cloned camel in two years


Hamdan orders RCA to care for ex-child jockeys


UAE delegation briefed on camel jockeys rehabilitation steps


UAE and Pakistani officials discuss measures to expedite repatriation of ex-child jockeys


Interior Minister issues two decrees


Robots to debut in races this season


22 Bangladeshi camel jockeys return home


UAE acts to repatriate children camel jockeys


30 child jockeys return home


UAE repatriates over 100 children to Bangladesh


First experiment for the Robot Jockey launched at Al Wathba Racing Track


Child jockey repatriation accord well on schedule: UAE official


UAE lauded for steps on child jockey issue


Sheikh Khalifa's law attracts world-wide media attention


Camel jockeys law issued


First camel auction to be held in Abu Dhabi