Jockeys replaced by robots at Dubai Camel Racing Festival

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Dubai Camel Racing Festival has kicked off in the United Arab Emirates and there are some unique jockeys being employed. Robots with mechanical whips are racing the camels. You can’t miss these photos!

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:A camel is seen with a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:A camel is seen with a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Camels race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Camels race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler removes a robotic jockey from a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler removes a robotic jockey from a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Camels race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Camels race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler holds a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler holds a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Robotic jockeys is pictured during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Robotic jockeys is pictured during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:A robotic jockey can be seen on the back of a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:A robotic jockey can be seen on the back of a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler is pictured during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler is pictured during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers interacts during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers interacts during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A robotic jockey wips a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A robotic jockey wips a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers wait for camels to cross the finish line during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers wait for camels to cross the finish line during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A robotic jockey wips a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A robotic jockey wips a camel during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:Camels cross the finish line during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:Camels cross the finish line during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers prepare camels to race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers prepare camels to race during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:Camels and handler arrive for racing prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16:Camels and handler arrive for racing prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler holds a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler holds a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler holds a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler holds a robotic jockey during Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler waits to race prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler waits to race prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler waits to race prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler waits to race prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler waits to race prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: A handler waits to race prior to the start of Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers prepare a robotic jokey prior to the start of the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Handlers prepare a robotic jokey prior to the start of the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Racing camels and their handlers arrives early morning prior to the start of the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 16: Racing camels and their handlers arrives early morning prior to the start of the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival at the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack on April 16, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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