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Traditional sports, including falconry, hunting, horse- and camel-racing, and dhow racing, are still very popular with UAE nationals. Dubai and Abu Dhabi have established international reputations for some for the richest and most prestigious horse- and camel-races. Formula 1 racing has been introduced: Abu Dhabi has built its own impressive autodrome in the last few years, to host international Formula One Grand Prix races. Dubai has been hosting increasingly renowned annual tennis and golf tournaments, attracting top players from around the world. The Dubai Marathon, an annual race with large cash prizes, which attracts thousands from around the world, has proven very popular. Dubai has invested heavily in its multi-purpose development, Sports City. The most popular sport in the country, however, is football (soccer), followed closely by rugby and cricket, all of which are popular among various segments of the population. Other sports of note include water sports, rock climbing, desert rallies, horse riding, and indoor ice skating.

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