Al Ain Camel (and other such beasties) Market – Humpy in the morning (20 images, and tea for two)
Somewhere in the outskirts of Al Ain, not far from the foot of Jabal Hafeet, is the Al Ain livestock Market. Get there soon after sunrise as I did on a bitter winter’s morning and you’ll find workers arriving, calmly clearing the remains of the last day, and wrapping themselves in enough layers of blankets to render them immobile as they sip their hot tea. Look lost enough as you walk by the many stalls and they’ll each invite you for a cup and a look around. Weak, with a lot of sugar, and piping hot; seemed to be the way they did it.
This calm doesn’t last terribly long though, as buyers flood in early with vacant stained flatbed trucks. Soon the air fills with the stench of antiquated engines running, and a stormy mix of workers shouting and beasts shrieking from every corner of the market as their fate becomes more apparent.
And to lighten the mood….