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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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  • This is a place we too visited. Along with camels and other animals are presented, but most still camels they such simpatjushechki and still in addition various shades from white to chocolate. It is the biggest market in camels in this region. The guide told us GE interest story-a poet so fell in love with the same girl (she was not blond, said Guide) that when her father asked a kalym behind her 1000 camels, he 3 year collected and assembled-so enormous was his love. only one I did not understand why you just can't catch the camel, them there so much but apparently runs drawing impossible.
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  • The camel Souk is located a few kilometres south of the Centre of the city behind the Bawadi Mall. Plenty of free parking space is located in the immediate vicinity. Here also all other types of livestock and also feed are sold next to camels. The scents on the market range from getting to unbearable. We were also relatively quickly from dealers who surrounded, probably against a suitable tip their animals to the stroke wanted to demonstrate. It was us but too pushy. Conclusion: Interesting, but it stinks and sucks it in the long run.
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  • In the extensive grounds of Al Ain suburb market goods, livestock, plants and ragdaelia is located at the end. Previously was in the desert, but now firmly stables are as organized and methodical, but am amazed at the number of. I think it has about 1,000 camels and look at the different types and sizes.
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  • This feed back should help you alot. It is realy nice to have this experience and do some photography with the camels. The souq is big because they are selling all kind of herd. But area where are the camels are big. There they actually trade with camels so if you are looking to be treated as tourist in Dubai save your energy. If you are going as mix group make sure you take with you an arabic man because the people who are working there are not educated so you wont understand them . Girls be careful they may come too close to you if you are alone and ask for photos 😊 You can speak to one of them and tell them that you want to take some photos and tip them 10 of 15 dirhams after you finish. DO NOT TIP TGEM BEFORE BECAUSE THEY WILL LEAVE WITH HELPING YOU. if you will be lucky you may found a local guy who actually may own alot there and if you will speak to him and ask him to see the camels he will let you and no one will come close to you. Just be careful please
  • 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.

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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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