Due to its ability to live in extreme conditions, camels are often found in Middle Eastern countries. Camels aren’t only a popular tourist attraction but also typical animals of some countries including the UAE. A trip to the UAE wouldn’t be complete without seeing and riding these animals. Many companies offer tour packages to experience riding a camel in the middle of a desert. That would be a great experience! But, it isn’t the only camel option. You can do other activities in Dubai. Let’s check these 5 activities where you can get camel experiences.
1. Camel Racing
Camel racing is a popular event in the UAE. Camels from all over the Middle East join the racing at the Al Marmoum Racetrack. And why this racing is so interesting? Here are the reasons. The camels are specifically bred for racing. They are fitted with robotic jockeys. All those efforts from the owners aren’t without reason. If their camel wins, they’ll get big prizes — from AED 2500 to AED 5000 and luxury SUVs. Moreover, the price of their camel will be higher. The racing runs from October to March and starts at 6.30 a.m. There is no entrance fee, but call ahead to confirm the weekly schedule.
2. Al Dhafra Festival
The Al Dhafra Festival is an annual event in Abu Dhabi and the world’s only camel beauty pageant. This festival is held for fifteen days in December. More than 25,000 camels join this festival and are judged on everything such as posture, neck, size, and more. Categories are based on breed, age, and other factors. Participants come from the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, and Yeman to win a prize worth more than $12 million dollars. Other special events include camel auction — with camels going for more than a few million dollars, classic car competition, photography competition, and more. This event is perfect for a day trip.
3. Camel Safari
We have told you before that riding camel is a must-do when you’re visiting Middle Eastern countries. Riding a camel to a Bedouin camp could be the best way to admire the beauty desert. After 45 minutes ride, take a break for a while and be ready for the next item on the agenda.You’ll want to be well rested because there are a lot of things to do. Afterward, you will enjoy cultural music and dance, falconry, henna application, and cooking a traditional meal with a magnificent background of golden dunes. Pack your bag and start your camel safari!
4. Al Ain Camel Market
Al Ain Camel Market is the largest livestock in the UAE. Its specialty is selling camels. Tourists love to come here to study the negotiation process between sellers and buyers, even though most of them will not buy a camel. But don’t worry, you can still find other interesting things here. The stores sell blankets, ropes, jockey outfits, canes, accessories, fodder, and camel jewelry. You can also examine the newborns, youth, and long legged race-bred studs and take pictures. This market could be a great place to get camel experience and shop some souvenirs.
5. Camel Cuisine
Have you ever tried to eat camel meat or drink camel milk? Maybe camel cuisine isn’t something new for Middle East people. But for others, it isn’t easy to find camel as food in their country. In the UAE, head to Local House Restaurant in Al Bastakiya. The restaurant serves Camel Burgers, Camel Biryani, Camel Kabsa (camel meat served with aromatic rice containing dry fruits), and camel milkshakes. But if you want a more fine dining affair, the luxurious Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is the best choice. The special foods are Camel Carpaccio and 24k Gold Camel Burger. Speaking of camel milk, you can also find it on Starbucks. Camelccino from Starbucks is world-famous and made from camel milk. You can buy camel milk chocolates in a box and bring them back to your home.
Originally posted 2017-05-30 07:08:28.