The Royal Camel Farm on the outskirts of Manama was founded by the late Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salman Al Khalifa, uncle of the current ruler of Bahrain. It’s a hobby farm, meaning the animals aren’t raised for racing or for their meat, and there are hundreds of camels living here, all owned by the royal family.
The Royal Camel Farm is not widely advertised as a tourist attraction. However, it’s open to the public every day until sunset, so you are free to go and take a look around, see the camels, and chat to the farmers. Entry into the farm is free, but there are sometimes opportunities to feed or even ride the camels, and a small fee for this can be negotiated with the workers.
A trip to the Royal Camel Farm is best enjoyed as part of a day tour of Bahrain’s main attractions, including Al Fateh Grand Mosque, the Bahrain National Museum, the Bait Al-Qur’an Museum, Bahrain Fort, the Burial Mounds and Manama Souq.
Insider’s Tip: As entry into the Royal Camel Farm is free, it’s a nice idea to tip the workers there, particularly if they’ve been helpful to you during your visit.
If not arriving as part of an organized tour, take a taxi or drive to the farm by following the signs from Manama towards Saudi Arabia, and then taking a right at Janabiya Highway. The Royal Camel Farm will be on your left.