The UAE’s Camel Market is growing. In the Emirates, the camel certainly seems to fill the dairy niche already, but the product is now trying to conquer other markets. There are some amazing Camel Milk Products (cheese, yogurt, ice cream) found on today’s supermarket shelves around the world.
With its vaguely sweet and subtle, salty aftertaste, camel milk has been used for ages in the Arab states, but lately the UAE is developing a strong and sustainable camel milk industry thanks to a strong demand for dairy and powder products from Europe and other GCC States.
For some time now, the Al Ain Dairy and Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP), which produce the Camelait and Camelicious brands respectively, have seen growth in shipments of camel milk powder to Europe. This came possible in 2013 following a five-year-long process, due to a trade holdup for concerns over disease and import controls; when Dubai received permission to export camel milk and camel milk products to the European Union, it was a true revolution. In fact, the feat opened doors for UAE authorities to begin talks with distributors to supply camel milk to global markets.
The world now wants more camel milk, as it is recognized for its high quality and nutritional benefits. Camel milk contains much more vitamin C and iron than cow milk; it has less fat and lactose, on top of having more insulin. It is also a rich source of protein with antimicrobial and protective activities, and studies found that camel dairy products are also more easily digested. So, if you haven’t tried camel milk, then you’re missing out on a lot of benefits for human health.
So how safe is camel milk? Well, did you know that camel milk is safe for pregnant women as it has high content of folate which is a vital nutrient for the healthy development of fetus? Many mothers are also starting to use camel milk powder in baby formula.
Camel milk is starting to compete with the well-established cow’s milk for a market share. The future for camel milk looks bright, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts.
More production and export means also the possibility for camel milk companies to expand and innovate their product line. Al Ain Dairy, for example, produces powdered milk, regular milk, and ice cream and, lately, has introduced a range of new tastes for camel milk ice cream to include versions flavored by dates, saffron, cardamom, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. The business also looks to increase production by taking an “aggressive approach” to marketing and branding.
In the present day, camel milk is already a staple ingredient in the Emirates culture and may soon be available to purchase more readily throughout the world. With new studies showing the promising benefits of camel milk, the UAE is growing its commercial production of camel milk products to meet the “demands of the growing consumer market”.