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“no longer a special experience”
Review of Camel Souk

Camel Souk
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We originally went at 7am to see the Camel Market 5 years ago , and had a marvellous experience. The camels were in the desert, and loosely tethered together. We spent hours visiting them. We were looking forward to showing our grandaughters the same site today, so up very early we drove to area, but it is now an enclosed market with the camels in cages.No longer special. Disappointing.

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We seemed to have been the only tourists there and it appeared to be an authentic camel market. Nothing touristy or fake about this. It was a huge newly built market, lots of camels, goats and other animals and other stands/stalls too (plants, etc). you could get yourself a bargain!
It was a bit difficult to find but worth the trip!

1  Thank lmvz2013
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Not a healthy place to visit. Yet a trip across the boarder in Al Ain, UAE one will find a much larger, cleaner and huge variety of camels.

5  Thank RockyAbuDhabi
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

If you can find the place it is worth a visit to see all the different camels and watch them being paraded around for selling. We got to see some trading and the camels being loaded onto a truck. We were a group of 4 expat women and had no hassle from any local asking for money as we took photos. Did not attempt to go inside any pen but took photos while camels were out being shown for sale.

2  Thank Sue C
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Our visit was a great opportunity to see so many breeds of camels of all ages. We did not visit the other livestock at the souq, but the camels seemed to be in good condition. I would have given 5*s if there had been less hassle from some of the traders and more opportunity to learn about what happens at the souq.

The majority of the men working at the Souq were from Pakistan, rather than Emerati or other Arabs from the Gulf. As soon as we arrived we were surrounded by pushy offers to see a 'baby camel' for a picture, etc. We left our bags in the car and only took a camera so that we could not be pressured into giving more money than we wanted to. At the end we got into our car and confidently handed the men who had showed us round an amount that we felt to be appropriate (20dinars). Of course he insisted we gave more (they wanted 100dinars each) and we had to be quite firm (an Arab man supported us with this by telling them 'enough'!)

As you would expect, the camel souq is an all male and quite conservative place. Modest clothing for both men and women is a must and will generate less attention. I would also recommend easy to clean footwear.

We also drove around the 'souq merkazi' saw beautiful plants for sale and lots of other interesting stalls.

6  Thank Jenjoona
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