Regulations on Camel Jockeys
Royal Decree M/964 dated 01/11/1422 H. (January 14, 2002)
The English version of this document is for guidance only.
The Arabic version is the governing text.
- A trainee rider should be not be less than 16 years old, and remain under supervision by a responsible trainer until he reaches the age of 24, at which time he is regarded as a professional rider.
- A rider must be physically fit. To that end a comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical examination is required at the beginning of each racing season.
- A rider must complete an adequate training period and be proven capable of riding as certified by licensed trainers representing the body organizing the race. The trainers are accordingly fully responsible for any lack in the ability or the skills required to control the camel that a rider mounts, and for ensuring that he does not cause any accidents that may affect other participants.
- A rider must sign a commitment, to be approved by the body organizing the race and supported by his father or guardian, that he understands the dangers associated with racing and that no other body is to be held responsible for his participation.
- A minimum weight for the rider, namely 122 pounds, is required; a similar requirement applies to horse riding, in order to avoid riding by minors.
- A rider should be wearing protective riding gear that includes a chest shield and a helmet.
- The body supervising the race has the responsibility for ensuring that riders abide by these terms and any other disciplinary conditions.
- Any provincial authority shall, when directly involved in organizing these races, ensure that there is a commitment to the various aspects of these measures before authorizing any race.
Royal Decree M/1300 dated 17/04/1423 H. ( June 27, 2002) raised the minimum age of a rider to 18 years.