Do you know? The population of camels in the UAE in 2003 was estimated at over 178,000, according to the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage. The camel is an environmentally friendly vehicle. The maximum speed of the animal is 65 km/h, the cruising speed is about 40 km/h. It will take 60 minutes to ride a camel from Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa (JBR) to Dubai International Airport (37 km). Gasoline is not required.