Bringing Camel Milk Back Home: An Interview with Walid Abdul-Wahab

Walid Abdul-Wahab

From Jeddah to the US and Back Again: How One Entrepreneur is Revolutionising Baby Food with Camel Milk

Raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the USC-educated entrepreneur is the founder of Desert Farms, a direct-to-consumer baby food company using camel milk.

With over ten years of experience in the camel industry, consumer packaging, and food manufacturing, Walid Abdul-Wahab identified a growing demand in the US for milk alternatives.

He tapped into the health-conscious consumer market, promoting camel milk as a superfood. Desert Farms was the first company to commercialise the sale of camel milk in the US, and now Walid is eager to bring his roots back home.

“We realized that new-generation parents had lost trust in all the infant formula brands and were seeking a cleaner alternative”

What inspired you to start your journey in producing baby food from camel milk?

As a single dad with two babies, I did not have access to breast milk. I felt guilty trying to feed them ingredients I would never touch myself. I faced the same struggle as millions of mothers around the world, trying to work and also provide the best nutrition for our babies. I blogged about creating a homemade formula, which gained a lot of traction, and decided to make a business out of it.

When did you realise there was a gap in the market?

We had 3,000 mothers on our waitlist before we even started producing. We realised that new-generation parents had lost trust in all the infant formula brands and were seeking a cleaner alternative.

Tell us a bit more about why camel milk is considered a superfood.

Camel milk is the closest milk to human breast milk. With over 500 published studies on its similarity to human milk, it is the least allergenic milk alternative available and the next best thing to breast milk. Camel milk contains over 400 unique proteins that can help boost your immune system and maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

Walid Abdul-Wahab

“Saudi Arabia can be at the forefront of food innovation by focusing on animal-based products instead of following the global trend of plant-based alternatives”

Walid Abdul-Wahab
How else do you think Saudi Arabia can contribute to the increasing global demand for health-conscious produce?

Saudi Arabia can be at the forefront of food innovation by focusing on animal-based products instead of following the global trend of plant-based alternatives.

What do you think we can do as a society to live in a more sustainable way, regardless of our location?

Buying local produce in season and always supporting your local farmers.

What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?

Working closely with the FDA to ensure the highest quality and safety standards for our customers has been, and will continue to be, the biggest challenge. Our customers give our products to their babies, so we have a huge responsibility to ensure every product is safe and clean.

Walid Abdul-Wahab

“Creating a product that has helped more than 10,000 families reduce their allergies to milk and finally enjoy milk again.”

And what has been the most rewarding thing you’ve done?

Creating a product that has helped more than 10,000 families reduce their allergies to milk and finally enjoy milk again.

What is style to you?

Style is what I consume. My style is health. What I put in my body or wear on my skin will always show a sense of wellness and sustainability.

More is more or less is more?

Less is more.

What is authenticity for you?

Authenticity means having high standards of integrity, taking responsibility for my actions, and making decisions based on principle rather than short-term success.

Walid Abdul-Wahab