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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. For Camel Souk and beyond, use our Al Ain holiday planner to get the most from your Al Ain vacation.
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  • There are camels, goats... parked and the men waiting. May be that there is no interest when you go in the afternoon.
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  • Want a camel for a pet? You've come to the right place. It was very interesting to come here to savor the local culture, to see what animal is regarded as high value here, in a place where water is no...  more »
  • Can only think of Anna lena join - no tourist market, but just very authentic. Who has never touched a camel, and would like to shoot a few photos, has the opportunity here. Of course, one is led by self-proclaimed guides which expect a few dirhams. But I think a small tip is probably in there for this nice experience. Who just comes and gives then a tip is to stay at home better.
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  • Geniunely thought they be nice people but they kept pestering and asked for tips be very careful of these scammers!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • If one makes a day trip and throughout the day there is, it is boring, traded in the morning or in the evening
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