USATODAY.com - Qatar to use robots as camel riders
DOHA, Qatar %u2014 With the reins in one hand and a whip in the other, the purple-jerseyed rider prodded a camel around the track Tuesday at a fast lope. But this boyish jockey attracted none of the ire heaped on camel owners whose beasts are piloted by underfed boys. The jockey was a robot.
By 2007, rulers of this energy-rich emirate say all camel racers will be mechanical.