Here Comes The Bedouin is the eighth episode of The Amazing Race 9.


Teams face a difficult Detour in Oman, which requires the racers to get up close and personal with several ornery camels in order to receive their next clue.

Right out of the Pit Stop, one Team erupts into a war of words and insults. Then, teams encounter a true roadblock on the Race when they come across a flooded road allowing them a chance for a unique interaction with a kind local who comes to their rescue. Meanwhile, a lonely duo entertains themselves by invoking the ghosts of previously eliminated teams, doing hilarious impersonations of each to help pass the time.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Fortress of Rion are as follows:

  1. Eric & Jeremy (11:54 pm)
  2. Joseph & Monica (4:31 am)
  3. Ray & Yolanda (4:41 am)
  4. Fran & Barry (6:22 am)
  5. BJ & Tyler (8:51 am)

Teams must travel by foot over the Rio–Antirrio bridge to find a visitor's center where teams will sign up for one of two charter buses to Athens. Once in Athens, teams must fly to Muscat, Oman. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Riyam Park to search for the Giant Incense Burner to receive their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to the town of Sur and find a ferry crossing in Baith Al Battha to find their next clue.

Choice A: Camel
Teams must make their way across the river on a ferry to the opposite bank, where they have to lift a camel into a pickup truck using a winch. Then, they must use a map to drive 1 mile to a Bedouin Camp and deliver the camel to receive their next clue.

Eric & Jeremy, Joseph & Monica, and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.

Choice B: Watchtower
Teams must cross the river and search among three watchtowers for an Arabian message box scroll. However, not all watchtowers have a box scroll. After they've found a scroll, they have to travel 1 mile to a silver shop, Al-Sayegh Gold & Silver Smith, to a man called Mubarek to receive their next clue.

BJ & Tyler and Fran & Barry chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to the town of Al Hawiyah and search for their next clue in the Shuwa Area.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would dig any of 117 sand dunes to find one of 6 Omani underground ovens called shuwa. Inside it is a woven pouch with a meal of lamb is wrapped in a dried palm leaf bag and steamed in an underground oven, which they would have for dinner after checking it. Once they found the shuwa, the Bedouin would give them their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to the town of Jabrin and find Jabreen Castle to check in.

For coming in first, Fran & Barry won an all-expense paid trip to Rome sponsored by Travelocity.

For coming in last place, BJ & Tyler would have to surrender all of their money and possessions, except for the clothes they're wearing and their passports, and they would not receive any money at the start of the next leg.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
S9 FranBarry
 1st place 
Fran & Barry
Married 40 Years
S9 JosephMonica
 2nd place 
Joseph & Monica
S9 RayYolanda
 3rd place 
Ray & Yolanda
S9 EricJeremy
 4th place 
Eric & Jeremy
S9 BJTyler
 5th place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends


  • This episode won the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program".[3]
  • This leg marks the first time The Amazing Race visits the country of Oman.
  • This episode's title was said by Fran.
  • This first leg of the season in which a team other than Eric & Jeremy or BJ & Tyler arrived in first place.


  • Josh Wolk at EW (04/19/2006): "Suddenly, everything changes"
  • Jessica Goldman at (04/20/2006): "Sighs Of Race Relief From BJ, Tyler"
  • Jace Lacob at Televisionary (04/20/2006): "Reality Check: Hippies Race to Last Place"


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