ASWAN CAMEL MARKET
The beauty market in "Drau" in southern Egypt .. The stories of merchants ruled by patience and the word honor
Work began in the market in the early seventies of the last century, and it is one of the distinctive brands of the center and city of Darrow for other cities of the governorate, and it comes To it merchants from all over the Republic in general and Upper Egypt in particular, on Saturdays and Sundays every week, and there are about 2500 camel heads of various kinds, and often after the market breaks, merchants migrate to Imbaba Market in Cairo, which is a natural extension of the Drau and Shalatin market, and the streets leading to the market are crowded In hundreds of cars And "tuk tuk", which transports the arrivals to the market place, which is 2 km away from the main agricultural road, Aswan / Cairo. "Drau" merchants resort to it to find their beauty that is beautiful for everyone to benefit from, with its benefit if you are a merchant, and from its meat if you are a consumer, and from its dairy if you are sick, then a large number of its people work in this trade and they are linked by friendliness and familiarity with the "context" and "the bases" ». Beauty merchants import from nearby African countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, which is famous for breeding camels, camels and livestock, and camels have long traveled large distances on foot to reach from Sudan to Egypt, but with the passage of time and the development of roads and means of transportation and the multiplicity of crossings, the situation has completely changed, As it became transported through large trucks carrying dozens of heads of camels, especially as they come through two crossings in southern Egypt, the first is the eastern crossing through the Shalatin of the Red Sea Governorate, then it enters Aswan from the southeast side of the governorate, and the second is western through Median Road Abu Simbel tourist. Awad Haddal, one of the elders of the tribe of Al-Basharyya in Aswan, said that he inherited the profession of beauty trade from grandparents and fathers, and although the profession of "beauty merchant" has some problems, it remains one of the respectable professions that many are keen to pass on to their children after them, and the beauty merchant differs From other merchants, as the word pronounced is a notarized contract, which led to its continuation until this moment, despite the large increase in prices, and the lack of sufficient liquidity to complete the purchases, as most times the merchants do not have the money to buy, but they They buy without money on the promise of payment, without signing e Galleries secretariat or checks, although the amounts are high in some cases, up to hundreds of thousands of pounds, but the honor of the profession prevents us from resorting to such guarantees, because we are from the tribes of large families and govern us customs and traditions and our word of honor and a sword on our necks.
Buying and selling with the word honor without paying money or writing checks or bills of exchange, transactions have become extinct except in the beauty market that helps the forest east of the city of Drau.
The market takes place on Saturday and Sunday of each week in Naga El-Ghaba east of the city of Drau, which is located 40 km north of Aswan, where there is the largest beauty market in Egypt and merchants from all the governorates of Egypt attend, and the market area is approximately 9 acres and is owned by the Egyptian Markets Company.
To get to know the nature of the beauty trade, the news moved to the headquarters of the market with the love of the jungle. Together, close together.
From the first sight after entering the market, you know that this chaos is nothing but the market system and the voices of the fight and the screws are nothing but the process of negotiation and deliberations during which the voices rise and descend suddenly to hear the phrase "God opens" and it indicates the rejection of the sale process, or the phrase "God bless" Which indicates satisfaction and approval of the sale.
The beginning of the journey
To learn about the origins of the market and the process of buying and selling from the beginning, we met with Haj Ali Mubarak Hussein, an Egyptian trader from Drau, who said that the market was established in the thirties of the last century, and before that it was in Farshout, then moved to Esna and from it to Drau, because it is relatively close to the Sudanese border.
Ahmed Abdullah Al-Badawi, a merchant from Dina Dongola in Sudan, said that the journey begins after camels are collected from their ranges east, west, north and south Sudan, such as Darfur, El Geneina, Kassala, Al Obeid, Dongola, Ananif, Kouahleh, Biala and others, in the city of Dongola and by which the veterinary examination is carried out by the Sudanese authorities on the camels .
He continues: "The journey begins to Egypt and in the past the caravan traveled through the fortieth trail and the journey takes 40 days, so the path of the fortieth path was launched and the camel was accompanied on its journey by 4 or more shepherds according to the number of camels in addition to the traceability track and known to the expert due to his experience in walking in the desert paths, Now the camels are shipped in cars after being assembled in Dongola, and a number of herders also accompany them. On Monday of each week, they arrive at the port of Arqin, and there the agents receive the shipment of camels. "