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Camel Souk, Al Ain

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Farm Tourist Spot
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. For Camel Souk and beyond, use our Al Ain holiday planner to get the most from your Al Ain vacation.
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TripAdvisor
  • Animals crowded in cages. I saw some camels being beaten with sticks. Also dead young camel on side of road  more »
  • Tucked behind Ikea theres a lot more to the market than just camels. We accidentally went during prayer time at the weekend and got the whole place to ourselves, no hassle at all and few of the store ...  more »
  • The UAE has a passion for camels and the Camel Souk in Al Ain is in the heart of it. Camels of all shapes, sizes. The tenders will quickly approach trying to make a few Durhams as you pose for a pictu...  more »
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  • Nice farm with camels & other animals. Workers there are very friendly, made us some photos and no one asked us for a tip. It's not a place prepared for tourism but we found many tourists there. It was a good experience and we took very nice & funny photos!
  • Geniunely thought they be nice people but they kept pestering and asked for tips be very careful of these scammers!
  • Not bad
  • Be VERY CAREFUL tourists. I went today with my finace and we felt completely terrified after the workers circled us and harrassed us. We didn't get to spend even 5 minutes because the workers all swarmed us immediately, talked about how "nice" I was to my fiance (as if I was livestock) and demanded money before we even did anything. This is not a fun experience. If you want to see it, be VERY CAREFUL if you decide to get out of your car. Females - forget it... if you do decide to go be prepared not to leave your car and wear baggy clothes and something over your head. I literally left crying and terrified.
  • Beware of anybody trying to show something, they will ask for money after, a total rip off. Just go have a look on your own around the livestock souk and it will be worth it