Saluki Racing at the Falconry Festival
The Saluki, also known as the Arabian Greyhound, is one of the world's oldest dog breeds. They have long been held in high esteem: they were considered the royal dog of Egypt, and have been found mummified alongside Pharaohs. Traditionally, they were used for hunting gazelles, hares, foxes and jackals, and today that tradition is mimicked in dog racing. They have been recorded to run as fast as 68 km/h, making them one of the world's fastest dogs on longer distances. With their status still intact today, they are one of the only dog breeds kept as pets in the UAE, where dogs are generally considered unclean, or even a pest.
Russian Wolf Hound
This dog is a Borzoi, or Russian Wolf Hound. It's a sight hound, just like Greyhounds and Salukis, but it was not here to race. Here, only Salukis are considered worthy.
Saluki feet are dyed red with henna before the race.