Camel Souk, Al Ain

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Busy, loud, and often a little pungent, Camel Souk offers a fascinating glimpse into a specific aspect of traditional Arabic culture. Traders come to the market to buy and sell camels, usually through some intense bargaining. Feel free to walk around and observe the animals in their pens, from young ones to studs designed for breeding. The camels make for great photos, but be aware that traders may well demand money afterwards, so consider asking permission first. Women should dress modestly, so as to respect local customs. To visit Camel Souk and get the most from your holiday in Al Ain, create itinerary details personal to you using our Al Ain trip tool .
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  • You can see the many varieties of camels from different countries, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and even Bangladesh. There are also goats and sheep. It is a large modern market but I do not recommend for children.
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  • One of the most characteristic one may see, especially in light of the fact that camels are the real resources
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  • Very nice visit to this large market for especially camels. Not at all touristy. Here is just acted. Very interesting to see and photograph. When parking the car, we were immediately approached by a man on a security guard who told quat. His advice: definitely not the lofts in walk (camels can bite very hard) and decided no one pay for whatever ... If anyone that tries: direct reporting. This surveillance works great. No one asked money for whatever and everyone else did as if they liked you much photographed. A chat with proud purchaser of a camel through a few words of English and arm gestures for us was unforgettable.
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While Al Ain doesn't offer much in the way of true budget accommodations, many of its mid-range and luxury hotels are surprisingly good value. You'll find most hotels in the narrow streets of the old town, as well as some larger resorts around the fringes. Several of the city's hotels have swimming pools, which could provide welcome relief from the blistering heat. You can buy alcohol--heavily restricted throughout the U.A.E--at a few of the large hotels in Al Ain, including the Hilton and the Mercure Grand.
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