RCU & SCRF sign MoC to develop AlUla as a leading camel racing destination

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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RCU_SCRF Partnership
Officials from RCU and SCRF at signing ceremony

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and the Saudi Camel Racing Federation (SCRF) have signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) in order to grow, develop, and expand the traditional Saudi sport of camel racing in AlUla.

The strategic partnership agreement signed by Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, President of the Saudi Camel Racing Federation, and Amr Al Madani, CEO of the Royal Commission for AlUla, will establish AlUla as a leading destination for camel racing competitions in the Kingdom and further afield.

The MoC follows the successful completion of the inaugural AlUla Camel Cup, which was held from March 14–17 and saw 40 of the region’s finest racing camels compete for a $20 million grand prize pool.

The agreement falls within the framework of RCU’s aim to comprehensively regenerate AlUla into a leading global destination for lifestyle, tourism, investment, and a variety of sports.

Ziad Alsuhaibani_RCU & SCRF Partnership
Ziad Alsuhaibani
Head of Sport Sector RCU

“This new MoC between the Royal Commission for AlUla and the Saudi Camel Racing Federation will position AlUla as the go-to location for camel sports across the region, expand the sport economy, and boost participation in one of the KSA’s most beloved cultural traditions. The future of camel racing in AlUla is bright, as RCU and SCRF move ahead with ambitious plans to develop this unique and exciting sport, raise its profile, and showcase AlUla as one of the best destinations for heritage sports.”

As part of the MoC, RCU and SCRF will collaborate in organising various initiatives within the camel sports sector, implementing activities related to racing contests and sector-wide support throughout the season and beyond, as well as establishing the first camel training centre in AlUla.

The MoC signed between RCU and SCRF follows the announcement that AlUla and RCU will host the world’s biggest international falconry tournament and the selection of Mughayra in AlUla as the location for a new heritage sports village with a variety of traditional sporting activities including camel racing, falconry, and archery, among others.

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