Camel food products are in stock across UAE stores and, lately, have come to be a success on the market, due to their beneficial healthy properties and protective activities of proteins not found in cow milk. New research has shown it could be worth making the switch.
The EU Commission’s approval (in 2013) for camel milk trade last year makes UAE the first country in the Middle East to export camel dairy products to the European Union. Under the EU’s food safety and health guidelines, the Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP) processing facility markets its “Camelicious” dairy products brand. To date, the international demand for camel milk products is higher than the supply, the EU states, as there is an increasing consumption of camel-based items. In general, lately, there has been a growth of exportation to countries like Kuwait, Jordan, United Kingdom, Austria and Malaysia.
Some of the more popular camel-milk products include
- camel-milk chocolate drinks and candy bars
- camel-milk powder
- camel-milk ice cream
- camel-milk cheese
- camel-milk soap bars
Camel milk is often put on breakfast cereal and used in flavored coffees, like the “Camelccino,” a cappuccino made with Camel Milk, and “Camel Latte,” a café Latte with Camel Milk, for example. They are being served in several restaurants, cafes and hotels in UAE.
UAE camel meat, instead, is still pending EU approval for exportation. Nonetheless, camel meat is sure to become a hot new import in the near future as it ensures many benefits as a meat product—it has lesser fat and does not contribute to heart disease. Therefore, it looks like camel meat is the way to go.
Camel meat is not universally eaten; however, it is found served during special occasions. A delicacy some say that is healthy and different; yet, it is much better for you than beef. The camel meat is ideal for the health conscious, says Nico de Corato, owner of DubaiBlog, who tried the camel burger and found it pleasant to eat.
Other camel products are being sold as fashion garments; their hides have been also used to form skins and fur as leather for bags, hats, clothing and other types of accessories.
Overall, the camel-mania has already gone global with a very niche market with lots of potential to grow. The UK, for instance, now stocks camel products, ranging from milk, cheese, ice cream to chocolate bars; it might not be too long before even camel leather handbags and other accessories will be widely available.