Over 25 years ago, the idea of a
camel-milking facility was born at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory
(CVRL) in Dubai. Research commenced on a small number of camels that were
raised with the specific aim to obtain scientific proof of the outstanding health
benefits of camel milk as an important part of the traditional Bedouin staple
diet. The ultimate goal was to introduce camel milk to the markets and by doing
so, to make it accessible to a large number of consumers.
After the completion of the research in 2003,
Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP) was established. By
2006, the milk production facility was completed and the first camel milk
products hit the UAE shelves in August of the same year. Since the initial
establishment of the company EICMP has steadily widened the range of products under
the brand name Camelicious.
The EICMP processing facility, housed within
the camel farm, is unmatched; it is the world\'s first sophisticated camel
milking plant, incorporating state-of-the-art technology and camel milk research.
Special equipment for milking camels has been developed to optimize milk
production and to increase the comfort of the camels during the process. The
UAE production facility incorporates latest technologies and meets the most
stringent regulations set by Dubai Municipality, the EU, and various global
organizations responsible for food safety and hygiene. Furthermore, the production
follows HACCP procedures.
Pioneering in developing a strong camel milk
industry, EICMP, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Water,
Dubai Municipality and CVRL, was listed the world-wide first camel milk
production facility to receive EU Commission approval to export its products to
the EU zone in 2013. Also the export permit to Malaysia was granted the same
year. In addition, EICMP was awarded with the Malaysian Halal certification in
EICMP to date accommodates a herd of more
than 4,200 camels producing life-enriching Camelicious camel milk, which is
available in plain and flavored varieties including strawberry, dates, saffron,
and chocolate, as well as dairy products such as cheeses and Laban as well as
Labneh and Ghee. Continuous research ensures the incessant development of more
flavors and products.
As the pioneering company in commercial camel
milk production EICMP is paving the way in many related fields such as camel
breeding, camel milk processing, product development as well as research of potential uses of camel
milk. With its technically advanced facilities the company is looking into
future options for development and market expansion.
Being the market frontrunner, the company
remains active in the field of research in order to carry the innovative spirit
and products further into the world and to open new doors for this exceptional product.
To date, the local
and international demand for camel milk products is higher than the supply.
EICMP is determined to grow production and to build a strong and sustainable
camel milk industry in the UAE as the leading country worldwide.
products are currently sold in UAE and exported to Kuwait, Jordan, United
Kingdom, Austria and Malaysia.