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Lonely Planet review
It’s dusty, noisy, pungent and chaotic, but never mind: Al Ain’s famous camel market is a wonderful immersion in traditional Arabic culture so rare in the UAE today. All sorts of camels are holed up in pens, from wobbly-legged babies that might grow up to be racers to imposing studs kept for breeding. The intense haggling is fun to watch. Some traders may offer to give you a tour (for money) but you’re totally free to walk around on your own. If you want to take photographs, ask first and perhaps offer a small tip. Trading takes place in the morning, but it’s usually possible to see the corralled animals all day long.
The market is about 7km south of central Al Ain, near the Meyzad border crossing to Oman. Buses 900, 950, 960 and 980 stop at nearby Bawadi Mall.