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04 March 2024

Camel milk cheese to reach UAE shops next week

By Wam

After a year of test production, the UAE's first commercial batch of cheese mad from camel milk is expected to hit supermarket shelves next week.

The cheese, which has a shelf life of two weeks, has a fat content of nine grams per 100g - far lower than many other cheeses, which typically contain between 25g and 35g of fat per 100g.

Because camel milk contains less than 10 per cent of solids, its yield of cheese is low, and the low yield makes the cheese expensive.

The company, Camelicious, which makes the cheese, is also preparing to export the cheese.

The farm is in the process of increasing its herd. Every month, it receives at least 200 camels from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, Oman and the UAE.

The company also plans on producing labneh, a soft cheese made from dried yogurt, white butter, ghee and other types of cheese using camel milk in the future.

Al Ain Dairy, one of the leading producers of dairy products in the UAE, last year announced its plans to introduce a new variety of ice cream created from camel milk.