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Bedouin in the past had no fixed homes and spent their lives travelling in the desert with their herds of camels, sheep and goats. They would drink camel’s milk where water is not available. Before the coming of oil, many of the Bedouin – especially in Oman, lived at subsistence level or below. They had virtually no property and for food relied almost entirely on dates. Rice and meat were a great rarity, a little fruit was available in the markets in early summer and some vegetables in the villages; but in the desert they lived almost entirely on dates and camel’s milk. Infant mortality was very high, people aged quickly and dies early.
However, when they did have some leisure time before the heat of the summer, they would hunt and have camel races