Camel races usually take place in the winter months, between October and April, but smaller events are held even in summer. They are interesting to watch, from a cultural perspective just as much as for the actual race. Some of the bigger events involve camels from all over Egypt and even as far as Sudan, and there are more regular Sinai tribes camel races. There are different types of races, the camels either doing laps or running along a sandy plain or wadi floor.
When the camels run along a wadi or sandy plain, such as at locations like St. Katherine, Wadi Khodra or El Tur, they are followed by a fleet of cars. It is a very dusty, but interesting event on its own, with cars racing to get closer to the finishing camels. Watch out, many cameras cannot handle the dust. When the camels are doing laps, like in El Miqrah, it is less chaotic and you can actually see the camel race much better.
Races are held when there is enough money put together for the prizes by community leaders and/or organizations. Betting is forbidden by Islam and people, instead of risking money to win more money, offer donations for the winners.