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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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  • The camel market is exactly how I imagined it! You can touch the camels and feed! There is also a small explanation of various shepherds! Here, a small tip is expected following! (20 dirhams)
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  • We enjoyed walking through here. Not going to see this much variety of camels many other places in the world. Guys around might hassle you a little to take a picture or pet them, then want a small fee...  more »
  • A site is a tourist attraction for foreigners to see beauty, but to the locals is a normal market, through repeated and constant visits to this market as a buyer (s), I shall put some points that you should consider when you buy, is that prices are exaggerated, but you must negotiate to get favorable price and good, note that most of the sellers are brokers, so don't trust them, and they will try to sell you poor livestock and some games like hitting livestock to make it active, and lift the carcass from front to collect aldoun in lower back (detection area Chairperson on margarine carcass) Thus check the "spoof".
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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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