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Camel Souk, Al Ain
(3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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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  • First time up and close to Camels.Loved the experience.The men who tend to these camels are friendly and nice people.They are also other animals like goat and sheep. 
  • A must visit on a Friday, well any day really but Fridays not so busy. Meander about the Camel Souk and chat with the Camel and Goat handlers. Much fun had 
  • It is very interesting, because it is an authentic market and not a market for tourists. However, the seller may be quickly intrusive, according to, it's there to be useful by car or taxi to quickly depart to.
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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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