Market day in Al Ain
Trip Start Nov 30, 2007
34Trip End Jan 17, 2008
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Anyways, Al Ain is a mid-sized city located in the mountains adjacent to Oman, and it's a little more Omani than the rest of the UAE. I'm not sure what that means; they do wear slightly different head coverings, I guess.
Anyways, there have been three stops on the agenda ths morning; sadly, the museums here are closed on Mondays. If only I'd, you know, read my guide book a little closer.
Anyways, the first was a visit to the camel souk
Back to the market; as a new-found camel enthusiast, it was astounding; all sorts of camels (okay, only Arabian one-humpers, but all sizes and colours), mostly hanging around in some sketchy pens. The camels took a liking to me, and attempted to eat my sleeves, mostly. I do have dozens of close-ups of camel noses, though. At one point, their breath was fogging my lens. What can I say? I'm a total tourist, but I went to a camel souk, so there.
After that was the livestock market. It was a little more happening than the camel marketplace, and had mostly goats, with sheep and cattle on the side. (I think the business was in part because of the approaching Eid -- It's good to have a fatted goat or sheep). There were people haggling over goats, grabbing them and carrying them out of their pens, a real, well, rancher's market, I guess. Goatherd's market? Anyways, it was pretty cool, especially the people transporting their livestock in totally inappropriate vehicles; people selling goats out of the trunks of cars and the like.
The third stop was the oasis; this is an oasis town, and the oasis was dense, lush, beautiful. Filled with date palms, and irrigated through channels, it was a refreshiing stop.
On to Sharjah, which is my last stop here in the UAE -- I fly for Muscat tomorrow morning.