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April on Inside the Middle East

Inside the Middle East catches up with all the action at the Dubai World Cup and a different kind of horsepower in Egypt.
Inside the Middle East catches up with all the action at the Dubai World Cup and a different kind of horsepower in Egypt.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • This month Inside the Middle East is in Egypt
  • Rima Maktabi makes her debut as host of IME
  • CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on camel trekking in Tunisia
  • Catch up with Harley Davidson enthusiasts in southern Sinai with CNN's Schams Elwazer

Watch Inside the Middle East -- with new host, Rima Maktabi from Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt -- on Wednesday, April 7: 08.30, 16.30. Saturday, April 10: 08.30, 17.00, 20.30. Sunday, April 11: 05.30, 17.30. Monday April 12: 03.00. (All times GMT)

(CNN) -- Harleys in Sinai

Engines roaring and adrenaline pumping; over 160 Harley Davidson motorcycles cruised through the deserts and mountains of southern Sinai. Egypt's first international Harley Owners Group rally brought together bikers from all over the Middle East and a handful of Europeans.

Bankers, teachers and diamond dealers exchanged business suits for leather jackets and bandanas and took us along for the spectacular 500 kilometer ride.

Emirati North Pole Pioneer

Twenty-seven-year-old Elham Al Qasimi is en route to becoming the first Arab woman to trek to the North Pole. Challenging herself to escape her comfort zone and witness the extremes of nature.

This Emirati has spent months training herself physically, mentally and spiritually. On her final training session in the French Alps, Al Qasimi shares her thoughts in an exclusive video diary as she prepares for the big day.

Santana in Arabia

All eyes were on Dubai for the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, at the newly inaugurated multi-billion dollar Meydan race track. This event also drew in big names in entertainment, including rock legend Carlos Santana. Tracey Holmes went backstage.

Camel Trekking

A camel caravan walking through the Sahara at sunset is one of the most cliched images of the Middle East. But in Tunisia this traditional mode of desert transport is at the core of a trend of eco-friendly alternative tourism. Ben Wedeman takes us along on this no-frills escape from modern life.