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The Camel Souq

As you know – one of my favourite of all the Emirates is Al Ain and no visit to Al Ain is complete without a lovely trip to the camel souq, you can see goats (I once saw around 12 being put in the boot of a car) chickens, sheep and camels being bought and sold, there’s also a plant souq there – 10 minutes out of Al Ain, towards Bawadi mall, dusty, noisy, pungent and chaotic, but never mind: Al Ain’s famous camel market is a wonderful immersion in traditional Arabic culture. 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. Trading takes place in the morning, but it’s usually possible to see the corralled animals all day long.

Nikkor 35mm. 100 ISO. F2. 1/2000. Nikon D810.

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