The main race amongst tribes is the top annual camel race in Qatar, and the competition attracts hundreds of trainers from around the Gulf. The winner receives a prize, but more importantly, the sword from His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Some 6000 camels from Qatar and elsewhere in the Gulf are expected to compete in the festival with races run over distances of 6, 8 and 10 kilometres.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim said: “We are delighted that Shell is signing for another three years to continue its sponsorship of His Highness The Emir’s main race amongst tribes. Shell’s support in promoting this event over the last 6 years has attracted a wider audience and proven to be beneficial to the sport. We take great pride in the cultural sport of Camel Racing, and I look forward to witnessing some exciting races this year.”
Shell’s Government and Public Relations Manager, Sultan Al-Naimi added: “Qatar Shell is proud to be able to continue supporting the Hejen Racing Committee by sponsoring His Highness The Emir’s main race amongst tribes. We are honored to partner once again with the Hejen Racing Committee in realizing the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 in the preservation of Qatar’s national heritage and the encouragement of sporting culture through Camel Racing.”