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In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi

This festival offers a week-long celebration of UAE heritage with competitions and activities including bike riding and camping in the desert of Moreeb Dune.

In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Horses and jockeys in action during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Horses and jockeys in action during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
A general view of the action as camels race during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Robotic jockeys control camels during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Jockeys compete in a race for purebred Arab horses during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 3, 2017, in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
A robotic jockey can be seen on the back of a camel during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (etty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Handlers prepare camels to race during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Racing camels and their handlers arrives prior to the start of the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
A camel is whipped by a robotic jockey during the Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune on January 3, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Camels prepare to race during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 3, 2017, in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: UAE's Liwa Sports Festival at Moreeb Dune in Abu Dhabi
Camels prepare to race during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 3, 2017, in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)