Robot camel jockeys
April 11, 2005 11:57 PM   Subscribe

DUBAI (AFP) - The United Arab Emirates is to mount robot jockeys on racing camels later this year after a ban on using children in the region's popular sport.
posted by Tlogmer (7 comments total)
Dubai will also soon be home to the third largest indoor ski facility in the world.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 5:41 AM on April 12, 2005

Damn. Guess my kids will have to work making Nikes instead...
posted by klangklangston at 6:03 AM on April 12, 2005

That thing is nifty looking. Perhaps before long we will replace all children with them.
posted by ITheCosmos at 6:19 AM on April 12, 2005 [1 favorite]

somehow I don't think this image is quite right...
posted by gren at 7:02 AM on April 12, 2005

That's the first time I've ever seen the words "camel jockey" not intended as a racial slur.
posted by fungible at 7:25 AM on April 12, 2005

fungible, I know what you mean. I only learned of this sport a couple of years ago and was kind of shocked when I learned what the riders were called.

"Uh, am I allowed to actually say that...?"
posted by theorique at 7:55 AM on April 12, 2005

I can't help myself...

I for one welcome our United Arab Emiratian Camel Riding Robot Overlords.
posted by santiagogo at 7:56 AM on April 12, 2005

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