Camels

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Camels

 

When you think of deserts you probably also imagine camels wandering through them.   Camels were essential for the nomadic people of the desert to survive.  In the UAE, camels are no longer essential for survival  but are still valued. They are status symbols, sometimes used for transport and carrying heavy loads and they provide milk and meat. Racing camels are admired and cherished.

Camels are now bred, not just for racing, but also for their meat and milk. Camel meat is regarded as a delicacy in the Arabian diet and although can be tough, tastes a little like beef. Around festival times you can find camel meat in supermarkets – cook it as for tough beef. Camel’s milk is more nutritious that cow’s milk with lower fat and lactose and higher levels of potassium, iron and Vitamin C. It is heavy and sweeter than cow’s milk, but can be found in most supermarkets. It is also used to make chocolate and they is a new chain of cafes opening in Dubai which use camel’s milk to make a wide range of drinks.  

 

 

Camels and Bedouin

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

 

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