Camels are the desert’s most prolific symbol: from surviving with little to no water, to transporting communities around a treacherous environment. Known as the ships of the desert, there’s no better way to experience the thousands of miles of sand, sun and sky than on the back of these sure-footed animals.
Camel riding is the best alternative for those wanting to experience the desert in a different way, without speeding down dunes or making your heart race! The slow, swaying pace of the camels sets you up for picturesque views of the swirling desert and changing colours of the sand and sky.
Integral to the Bedouin’s nomadic lifestyle, camels helped pave the way through the desert, and have been doing so for over 4,000 years! Get a glimpse into the ways of ancient Arabia, leave behind the four walls of a car, and emerge yourself fully into the desert.
Knowledgeable guides will lead you through prime landscape, and tell you about the camel industry in the UAE. If you’re still feeling inquisitive, why not check out Al Ain’s camel markets and listen to traders and dealers bid and haggle.
Most camel riding experiences can be added on to desert safaris and tours as part of your day out, although many tour companies offer their own unique camel riding package. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the desert from the back of a camel, before heading onto traditional Arabian feasts and entertainment, like belly dancing and falconry.
Dubai’s ship of the desert is waiting to take you back in time, transport you to Arabian days, with nights as magnificent to follow.