Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), the inaugural AlUla Camel Cup will be held from 14-17 March 2023 and will crown a ‘Champion of Champions’ complete with a grand prize pool of SAR 80 million (more than USD 21 million).
With the highest prize pots in the world per round of camel racing, the tournament honours the Kingdom’s revered sport in the stunning backdrop of AlUla, a place of extraordinary human and natural heritage. The AlUla Camel Cup is organised by RCU in collaboration with the Saudi Camel Racing Federation (SCRF).
With such deep-rooted historical connections – such as the Incense Road Trading route where camel caravans travelled through AlUla trading precious goods, and the ancient petroglyphs featuring camels engraved across the rocks of AlUla – it is fitting to celebrate the ‘ships of the desert’ with the first AlUla Camel Cup.
The inclusion of the AlUla Camel Cup to the Saudi Camel Racing Federation’s season ushers in a new era for the Kingdom’s cherished homegrown pursuit. AlUla Camel Cup is one of the flagship sports events of the AlUla Moments 2023 calendar of events and festivals, which includes five major festivals and six marque events. Other sports events taking place in AlUla are “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup in AlUla 2023” (4 March), “AlUla Trail Race” (23 and 24 February), and the recently concluded “Saudi Tour” (30 January–3 February).
In-depth details of each day at the AlUla Camel Cup, and activities surrounding the event, will be released in due course.