Explore Al-ain Attractions

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.

Explore Al-ain Attractions
Adventurous drive along Jebel hafeet

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

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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.

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Al-ain Oasis

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.

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Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
Explore Al-ain Attractions
Inside Palace museum

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.  

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Driving to Jebel Hafeet

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.  

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Jebel Hafeet

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.  

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Racer’s first choice – Jebel Hafeet

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. 

Explore Al-ain Attractions
Explore Al-ain Attractions

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30 Comments

  1. I have just returned from Sharjah. Had I read this blog before, I would have included Al Ain in my itinerary. Never mind, there is always a next time. The palace museum sounds very interesting. I would skip the zoo however as I find zoos unethical and a form of modern slavery.

    1. I totally agree on your zoo ideals but many things are unethical like keeping dogs or pets at homes and not letting them out with other animals. These are common practices going on, near our surroundings.

  2. The Museum, historic fort and the zoo looks amazing. Never knew that the emirate of Abu Dhabi in a dessert country like UAE has all these. The images of the hill roads are amazing. Thank you very for such an informative article.

  3. Al Ain is beautiful city, the drive up Jebel Hafeet is spectacular, especially at night! I wasn’t a fan of the zoo though, some of those animals don’t belong in a desert climate.

  4. The Al Jahili Fort looks really interesting to visit, from your pictures it really does look like a giant sandcastle haha. When visiting the fort are you allowed access to all areas or only certain ones designated for tourists?

  5. Al-ain is sure a beautiful city. The higkight for me would be Jebel Hafeet. Imagine me racing on this road, I’ll save my feeling till I experience it. A visit to the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum too will be interesting. I’ll love to visit some day

  6. I hardly knew Al-ain! And the first post I am reading on it has impressed me a lot. Definitely worth taking a detour for the 60 curves and 3 lanes. I can imagine flying through them. Their zoo has an impressive collection, such a thoughtful thing for the children there.

  7. I am always fascinated what makes a UNESCO world heritage site these days – an oasis, who would have known? It looks absolutely stunning, I find desert landscape really pleasing.
    I don’t support zoos though I will say that a golf cart sounds handy 😉 However, AL- HILI FUN CITY – sign me up, I looooove rollercoasters!

  8. Now I know that Al-ain means spring, my first bit of Arabic, cool! I know nothing about the UAE so it’s good to read about something different. The oasis is so pretty and very green too, I’d love to photograph here. The fort looks in good condition despite its many years!

  9. I have such a weakness for forts and palaces. Truly, this place has some amazing architecture. I have not heard about Al-ain prior to this post but it sure is my kind of destination!

  10. I just returned from UAE and loved road tripping around the desert. But I had not even heard about Al-aim. The road, the museum…everything looks so inviting.

  11. Ohh I am very interested of the Al-ain Oasis! It would be a great way to spend an afternoon strolling around the park with impressive 100 varieties of Palm! Or if I ever get the chance to visit Al-ain driving that curvy road to the Jebel Hafeet is a must for me too! The view is amazing…must be wonderful for the sunset! I hope though that people don’t actually drive like they were in a racing tournament!🙏 Thanks for the tips, Al-ain really has a lot of attractions around to visit!

  12. Your posts are getting me soooo nostalgic. Al Ain was my favorite as a kid. Funcity and the zoo for sure though now that I think of it, those poor lions were dying of heat. I loved the oasis for the boating and I remember stopping along those roads to play in the sand dunes. I have to go back to refresh all these memories.

  13. I am considering a visit to Oman from UAE. Al Ain would make the perfect stop on the way and help me arrive at the border early morning when it’s quiet. The fort and the palace museum look like very interesting destinations to photograph. As do the winding roads, what a road trip this would be!

  14. All the attractions you’ve mentioned are quite fascinating. The sand castle and the fossils from bronze age certainly interests a history lover like me. I would also like to pump up my adrenaline by driving on that curved road. A UNESCO world heritage site with more than 147,000 date trees is definitely a must visit destination. 🙂

  15. I love reading about technology from thousands of years ago- like the 3000 year old irrigation system watering the Al-Ain Oasis. It’s so amazing- like, how did they even do that?! I would definitely want to check out the Fun City though. I love a good rollercoaster!

  16. My fiance is from the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia, so I’m very interested in learning more about the region. As an avid traveler, I kick myself that I haven’t visited the Middle East sooner! Many people assume that the Middle East is all desert and sand, which you have proven it isn’t. I love that you included the oasis in your list because it is so immensely beautiful! I’m a road trip junkie for your suggestions of scenic routes made me so happy.

  17. I’d love to make it to a desert Oasis at some point! Al-ain looks like a great addition to any trip to the UAE. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  18. It’s so convenient to visit Al-ain, it being so near to Abudhabi. Well I can tell why it is called a city of gardens just by seeing the photographs. Jebel Hafeet is very beautiful especially the views from the top. Thanks for such a informative blog. Would definitely visit Al-ain on my next trip to UAE.

  19. I was totally stumped by your first picture of the route itself. The fort looks beautiful and rustic. But for me, the journey itself will be the biggest attraction if I happen to ever visit Al Ain. Beautiful captures!

  20. Al Ain seems to symbolize the imagery of an oasis in the desert that has always stuck in my mind. We were in Sharjah last month and would have loved to get across to Al Ain , but time constraints prevailed and we settled for Dubai instead.My primary attraction here seems to be Jebel Hafeet and the drive itself seems so adventurous with amazing landscapes.

  21. Never been to the Middle east except for landing for a short while at Dubai. Any post on the middle east is education for me. Its nice to know that the earlier rulers built structures with ventilation and had an oasis/garden of sorts as a natural cooling mechanism against the heat that we hear about in the middle east. What really got my attention were the roads in a heritage place. picture perfect road conditions with laned highways in the middle of nowhere basically.

  22. Thanks for sharing about an alternative itinerary for the UAE besides Dubai. I am particularly interested in the fort, which must have played a crucial role in protecting the city with all the mud bricks! 🙂

  23. I remember wanting to visit Al Ain when I was in Sharjah and I couldnt due to the paucity of time. Your pictures are gorgeous! Those curvy roads through the desert and the rustic Al Jahili fort! The Jebel Hafeet highway is so picturesque! Loved the Rocky Mountains! Not a zoo person , so I guess I ‘ll have to be content with the drives, the gorgeous views , the museum and the fort!

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