Camels can be spotted when you’re heading out on a desert safari or visiting the sand dunes heading out of the city. These animals of the desert can be checked out at the Camel Museum.
Camel Museum was built in the 1940s, in the Al Shindagha area. It was called “Camel-Riding House” or “Beit Al Rekab”. This is remembered as one of the properties of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. This house is located near Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum’s House. It has one floor, with large interior courtyard overlooking rooms and diwans (a few grand halls), along with western and eastern entrances. During the early stages of its construction, the house consisted of a storeroom and a grand hall, then it was expanded in subsequent stages to include more rooms and facilities. It was used for training camels/horses and as a stall barn for them.
This has now become a museum to display all about camels. The visitors to the Camel Museum have a unique opportunity to get to know a wealth of information related to the camels of the Arabian Peninsula. This also takes the visitors on a thrilling journey that enriches their knowledge of camels, and makes them even more appreciative of the distinct relationship between this animal and man. This museum is also comprised of a number of wings and halls that include information, prototypes, models and tools that have to do with camels in regards to their history, features, facts, characteristics and merits, as well as their races, types, organs, anatomy, the ways of treating and caring for them, in addition to its benefits including its meat, milk, wool and its life.
The visit to the Camel Museum allows you to get to know the relationship between camels and the citizens of Dubai, which went beyond the concept of exploitation of the camels in riding and transportation. The visit will also reveal the interest of Dubai and the country in camels, reflected in their establishment of the greatest edifices of breeding and racing camels, and their generous prizes.
The museum is dedicated to these majestic ships of the desert and is, recognized as one of the most visited museums in Dubai. These visits are absolutely free. Rooms are arranged around a courtyard and gives a real understanding of everything you could possibly want to know about camels including their history, anatomy, evolution, training, racing and the lowdown on all the different species there are.
You’ll know about camels being used for transport many years ago before the UAE was even formed and how the local population obtained their milk, wool and meat from the camels. You can sit on a camel pretending to be a jockey.
*Admission fees Free of charge
Tourism guidance Available for free
Parking areas Free parking area is available close to the site.
Sun – Thurs: 08:00 – 14:00
On Fri & Sat the museum is closed
Al Fahidi, Al Fahidi St.
Shindagha Heritage District
Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 4 515 5000
Photo courtesy: www.scene.app/scenes/354/camel-museum.ae/en/
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