Al Ain's famous and family-friendly camel market is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself in traditional, authentic Arab culture – and also take a few fantastic photographs. From young Arabian camels that might grow up to be racers to beautiful adult camels ideal for breeding, the market is a one-of-a-kind experience offering a closer look at the animal that enjoys a special place in Emirati heritage.
The market is located 15km away from downtown Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city and heritage heartland, and is a stark contrast from the big city, with trading taking place in the morning. However, it’s usually possible to see the herded animals all day long.
Visiting travellers are welcome to get up close, attend mock races, take pictures with the camels and watch locals arrive in pickups laden with goats and sheep, ready to do some haggling.