Al-ain” means “SPRING” in English. Once it was an important oasis for travelers on the caravan route between UAE and OMAN. Al-ain is located at eastern side of UAE and is an oasis city bordering with Oman. This is the second biggest city in Abudhabi emirate, surrounded by greenery and therefore known as “GARDEN CITY”. Al-ain has lots of tourist attractions consisting of natural palm / springs, historical bronze age remains and mountain top. Therefore the dramatic location of Al-ain including an oasis in desert with a backdrop of majestic mountains, ancient historical sites makes it a worth visiting place in UAE. So let’s Explore Al-ain Attractions.
How to Explore Al-ain Attractions-
Abudhabi(Capital of UAE) to Al-ain – 172 kms approx. 1 hour 50 min.
Dubai – Al-ain – 148 kms approx 1 hour 40 minutes
Sharjah – Al-ain – 165 kms approx. 2 hour
Explore Al-ain Attractions-
AL-AIN OASIS – Located in heart of city, this is cool, shady place with more than 147,000 date plantations. Al-ain oasis is an UNESCO world heritage site which is spread over 1200 hectares (3000 acres) with 100 different varieties of Palm. This tranquil and peaceful place away from heat and noise of city is perfect for any nature lover. The environment is full of bird-songs and rustling noise of palm trees. It also has 3000 year old technology Falaj irrigation system, the network of channels carrying water from underground to this Garden city that maintains the greenery of this garden city.
AL JAHILI FORT – Majestic sand castle made up of traditional mud bricks, treasures Emirati culture, history and ancient era of royal family from Emirates. This was built in year 1891 which served as defense of the city. Free entrance to this fort and also the staff is very helpful. It has precious natural palm groves.
SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM – It is also known as Al-Ain museum, which served as a home to Sheikh Zayed the first President of UAE. This Palace museum has ancient photos and galleries which treasures city’s historical past. This palace museum depicts great royal history of UAE. This Palace has special feature of cooling system through ventilation structures.
JEBEL HAFEET – Not to be missed attraction of Al-ain which is located to south of Al-ain city border shared with Oman. Jebel Hafeet is located at an altitude of 1250m, is a special highway was constructed in 1986. The drive up to the topmost rock mountains along the curved road is worth and adventurous. Many view points or stopovers are designed along the way for viewing opportunities and photography points.
Jebel Hafeet is also a well known source of fossils from Bronze age which proves the ancient life forms. Many calcified corals have been discovered from this place which proves that, this area was covered by sea in ancient times.
Enjoy stunning views from top, specially sunset. Carry jackets, sweat shirts as it windy most of the times. Driving on smooth and serpentine styled roads boasting of 60 curves and 3 lanes (Two for climbing and one is combing down) is the adrenaline pumping activity. This drive is one of the world’s best drive. Many racing events are held here and this place is famous among-st professional racers.
AL-AIN ZOO – 900 hectare zoo located in the foot of Jebel Hafeet mountain range. It hosts 4000 animals with 30% are the most rare species of white lion, Arabian antelopes, oryx, leopards, jaguars, giraffes and other exotic animals. Even Giraffe feeding activities with many other bird shows are organised in this zoo. Adult ticket costs 30AED and child(from 3 to 12 years) costs 10 AED. But there are many Groupon /Entertainer schemes from where you can get many exciting deals on entrance tickets. For enjoying it fully it really needs 4 to 5 hours. Eatables are available inside and also paid golf carts are available for commuting in the zoo.
AL- HILI FUN CITY – This is known as Disneyland of GCC. 30 thrilling rides with various attractions.
Let’s Explore Al-ain Attractions while visiting Dubai or Abudhabi and feel the greenery in desert.
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