Did you know there’s a Bahrain Camel Farm with hundreds of camels? They brought 500 camels to Bahrain. I’ll share the story behind how they Bahrain got camels, and some info about camels too in a photo tour.
Bahrain Camel Farm’s 500 camels
Business tourists visit Bahrain for meetings, but rarely ask, are there camels in Bahrain? There’s lots of of camels in Bahrain, but the reason might surprise you. Here’s the quick story he shared:
How did Bahrain get camels?
My guide told me that the King of Bahrain (actually Sheikh Mohammed, uncle of the King) wanted camels, and thus 500 camels were brought to what became the Royal Camel Farm in Bahrain. He decided to open up this Royal Camel Farm to the public. I’d never seen so many camels!
Bahrain Camel Farm photo tour
I’d seen camels before, but never this many, and never like this.
Bahrain consists of mostly desert, making it the ideal habitat for camels.
Despite being called a camel farm, the camels here are not for eating. Sheikh Mohammed set up the farm to preserve the presence of the camel in Bahrain which, before the advent of the motor vehicle was the Bahraini’s foremost mode of transport. Indeed, the Arabian Peninsula has a huge cultural connection with the camel, and for the Bedouins of the past, the camel was revered as a sacred symbol of life amid the inhospitable desert. -Time Out Bahrain
I mostly just observed and took photos, but camel rides around the farm can be arranged. You can also play with them, feed them, watch them, or take photos with them. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also the occasional sale of camel milk.
Note, the post is called “500 Camels” because that’s what my guide/driver called it, but it looked more like 150 or 200. Either way it’s a lot of camels, and waaaaay more than I had ever seen.
Visit Bahrain Royal Camel Farm info
Camel riding is so much fun!
Where is the Royal Camel Farm in Bahrain?
Junaibiya Highway in Al Janabiya (near Manama), Bahrain
Hours: open to the public every day.
This destination wasn’t even on my list of things to visit in Bahrain, but ended up being a highlight! I trusted my driver a bit more to improvise from my prepared list, but that trust was short-lived. The next place he showed me was… the Bahrain King’s Parking Lot. I’m serious. I tell the quick story here.
Do camels really store water in their humps?
For some reason people learn that camels store water in their large humps, to allow them to live in desert climates. That’s not actually literally true; they store fat in their humps, but it is a crucial part of how camels bodies allow them to live in hot deserts. This video on how Camels store water explains it in just 2 minutes. Enjoy!
What else is in Bahrain? I’m fascinated by the architecture in Bahrain , especially the Bahrain World Trade Center with wind turbines connected to the buildings.
7 thoughts on “Bahrain Camel Farm – 500 Camels!”
some of them were so cute!
Todd, I have a camel related question for you – what are the names of the two main types of camel? I know that there are different names for camel with one hump and camels with two – learnt this at Tallinn Zoo, but then forgot!
Also, I gotta mention here that I went on a camel ride in Dubai and hated it! Wow those things sure can kick and spit!
The two camel types you’re thinking of are Dromedary and Bactrian.
Hope this helps!
thanks Jonelle! Have you seen them both?
Todd, when I visited Bahrain some years ago, I didn’t hear about this quirky spot. Is the camel farm far from Manama?
Everything’s close in such a small country! The address is actually the King Fahd Causeway, which goes to Saudi Arabia, on the northwestern coast of Bahrain.