The Hejen Racing Committee and Qatar Shell signed on Thursday a three-year agreement under which Shell continues to sponsor the H.H The Emir’s Main Race from 2019 to 2021. This year’s main camel race amongst tribes will take place at Al Shahaniya Camel Race Track on 14-25 April. 

The agreement was signed by the Vice-Chairman of the Camel Racing Committee, Abdullah Al Kuwari, and Shell’s Deputy General Manager, Rashid Al Sulaiti.

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 and the prestigious sword from His Highness The Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Some 6,000 camels from Qatar and elsewhere in the Gulf are expected to compete in the festival with races run over distances of 4, 6 and 8 kilometres.

Abdullah Al Kuwari 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 Deputy General Manager, Rashid Al Sulaiti:

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.’