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UAE enforces ban on child camel jockeys

2002 - The UAE started enforcing a strict ban on camel jockeys who are below 15 years from today, in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to ensure safe camel races, the Minister of Information and Culture said. Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the measures also include tightened security at UAE’s entry points to ensure that no children under 15 are admitted if it is suspected that they are being brought in to ride in camel races. Shaikh Abdullah said the Emirates Camel Racing Federation has always adopted a policy of discouraging the use of children in camel racing. But he added that parents and others living overseas have, unfortunately, continued to send children to the UAE for this purpose.

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