Saturday, February 27, 2010

Driving through the countryside - Camels

Driving through the country side can be an absolutely awesome experience. When we went out for a drive yesterday, we had one of the best views of camels in the desert. We spotted these camels on the way to Umm Al Quwain. Referred to as the ship of the desert, the camel forms an integral part of the local customs and traditions. Camels were the primary mode of transport and were used to get across the vast desert. However, with the booming socio economic progress of Dubai in the last few decades, the use of camels as a means of transportation has lost its importance. Camels still continue to be an important element of Arabic traditions but have now become more of symbols of pride and affluence.



Camels have once again hit the news recently albeit for an entirely different reason. Camel meat is a local delicacy and one of the local chain has recently introduced '├žamel burgers' which have attracted a fair amount of controversy. Located in the Bastakiya district, the Local House restaurant's menu includes several local delicacies.






Read about the Bastakiya district here.

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3 comments:

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

They never get old...the little ones, especially!

Dave said...

Just don't hit one in your car as even the most sickly looking specimens will suddenly become their "prize winning" camel that you just mowed down...

Dave said...

Just don't hit one in your car as even the most sickly looking specimen will suddenly become their "prize winning" camel that you just mowed down...

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