RCU and SCRF sign strategic partnership

  • The Memorandum of Collaboration provides for the RCU and SCRF to work together on a diverse development program to enhance the status of camel racing as a major economic engine for Northwest Arabia
  • RCU and SCRF establish the first camel training center in AlUla and host international endurance races and a variety of activities for residents and tourists

AlUla, Saudi Arabia: A strategic partnership agreed between the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and the Saudi Camel Racing Federation (SCRF) will help grow, develop and expand the traditional Saudi camel racing sport in AlUla.

The Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) signed by His Highness 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 the premier destination for camel racing competitions in the Kingdom and beyond.

The MoC follows the successful conclusion of the inaugural AlUla Camel Cup, held March 14-17, which saw 40 of the region’s top racing camels compete for a grand prize pool of 80 million SAR.

The agreement falls within RCU’s efforts to comprehensively transform AlUla into a leading global destination for lifestyle, tourism, investment and a variety of sports. RCU’s goals align with the Kingdom’s ‘Vision 2030’ plan to diversify and expand the national economy.​

As part of the MoC, the RCU and SCRF will work together to organize various initiatives in the camel sport sector, Conducting activities related to racing competitions and providing industry wide support throughout the season and beyond.

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RCU and SCRF will work together to build the first camel training center in AlUla, host international endurance races and collaborate on establishing camel-related heritage and sporting activities for tourists and residents.​

Ziad A Alsuhaibani, Head of Sport Sector, RCU, said: “This new Memorandum of Collaboration between the Royal Commission for AlUla and the Saudi Camel Racing Federation will position AlUla as the focal point for camel sport across the region, expanding the sports economy and encouraging participation in a of the most popular cultural traditions of the KSA. The future of camel racing at AlUla is bright as the RCU and SCRF advance ambitious plans to develop this unique and exciting sport to raise its profile and showcase AlUla as one of the premier destinations for historical sports.”

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


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About the Royal Commission for AlUla

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established by Royal Decree in July 2017 to conserve and develop AlUla, a region of outstanding natural and cultural importance in northwestern Saudi Arabia. RCU’s long-term plan outlines a responsible, sustainable and sensitive approach to urban and economic development that preserves the natural and historical heritage of the region while establishing AlUla as a desirable place to live, work and visit. This includes a wide range of initiatives in archaeology, tourism, culture, education and the arts, reflecting the commitment to prioritize economic diversification, local community empowerment and heritage preservation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme. to fulfill Arabia.

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