Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Camels: Dubai’s Traditional Mode of Transport

Dubai is a highly developed city. The buildings and infrastructure out here are completely up-to-date. But the traditional modes of transport still exist in Dubai city for operational reasons or for tourism. The traditional ‘abras’ or the little boats are very useful when it comes to crossing water bodies to reach the other side of the city. Similarly camel rides in Dubai are a traditional mode of transport in the desert. They are not known as ‘ships of the desert’ for nothing…

On your Dubai desert tour with One World the first thing you will notice in the desert is not the sky or the sand dunes, but the camels. Deep in the deserts of Dubai you will witness other tourists and locals riding them either to explore the desert or to ferry themselves from one souk to another. Owners usually dress their camels with colourfully stripped cloth edged with tassels, beaded jewellery and silver bells around their neck, bangles around their ankles as well as nose rings. Watching a sight like this is not only entertaining but inspiring as well. Camels are friendly too! If you just tickle them behind their ears they behave like cute puppies wanting to be pampered even more.

When on a camel safari in Dubai you will enjoy riding on the thick coat of the camels back. The gait of the camel makes the ride a little challenging for us but fun for the kids, as you go up and down on their mounting and dismounting hump.

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