The dramatic location of Al Ain, including an oasis in the desert with a backdrop of majestic mountains, and ancient historical sites, makes it a worth-visiting place in UAE. So let’s Explore Al Ain Attractions.
Adventurous drive along Jebel Hafeet
Al Ain” means “SPRING” in English. Once, it was an essential oasis for travelers on the caravan route between UAE and OMAN. Al Ain is located on the eastern side of the UAE and is an oasis city bordering with Oman. This is the second biggest city in the Abudhabi emirate, surrounded by greenery and therefore known as “GARDEN CITY.” Al Ain has many tourist attractions: natural palm/springs, historical bronze age remains, and a mountain top.
How to Reach – Explore Al Ain Attractions
- Abudhabi(Capital of UAE) to Al Ain – 172 km approx. 1 hour 50 min.
- Dubai – Al Ain – 148 km approx 1 hour 40 minutes
- Sharjah – Al Ain – 165 km approx. 2 hour
Explore Al Ain Attractions – Best Things To Do In Al Ain
AL AIN OASIS –
Located in the city’s heart, this is an excellent, shady place with more than 147,000 date plantations. Al-ain oasis is a UNESCO world heritage site spread over 1200 hectares (3000 acres) with 100 varieties of Palm. This tranquil and peaceful place away from the heat and noise of the city is perfect for any nature lover. The environment is full of bird songs and the rustling noise of palm trees.
It also has 3000-year-old technology Falaj irrigation system, a network of channels carrying water from underground to this Garden city that maintains the greenery of this garden city. It is one of the most unique things to do in Al Ain.
AL JAHILI FORT
Majestic sand castle made up of traditional mud bricks, treasures of Emirati culture, history, and the ancient era of the royal family from the Emirates. This was built in the year 1891 and served as the 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 the Al Ain museum, which served as a home to Sheikh Zayed, the first President of UAE. This Palace museum has old photos and galleries which treasure the city’s historical past. This palace museum depicts the great royal history of the UAE. This Palace has a special feature of a cooling system through ventilation structures.
JEBEL HAFEET –
Not to be missed attraction of Al Ain, located south of Al Ain city border shared with Oman. Jebel Hafeet is situated at an altitude of 1250m, a particular highway constructed in 1986. The drive up to the topmost rock mountains along the curved road is worthwhile and adventurous. Many viewpoints or stopovers are designed for viewing opportunities and photography points.
Jebel Hafeet is also a well-known source of fossils from the Bronze age, which proves the ancient life forms. Many calcified corals have been discovered from this place which demonstrates that this area was covered by the sea in ancient times.
Enjoy stunning views from the top, especially the sunset. Carry jackets and sweatshirts as it is windy most of the time. Driving on smooth and serpentine-styled roads boasting 60 curves and 3 lanes (Two for climbing and one is combing down) is an adrenaline-pumping activity. This drive is one of the world’s best drives. Many racing events are held here, and this place is famous among-st professional racers.
AL-AIN ZOO –
900-hectare zoo located at the foot of Jebel Hafeet mountain range. It hosts 4000 animals, with 30% being the 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 organized in this zoo.
An adult ticket costs 30 AED and a child(from 3 to 12 years) costs 10 AED. But there are many Groupon /Entertainer schemes 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 paid golf carts are available for commuting to 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 the desert.
Click here to read about Dubai Itinerary………………………………………………………………………………….
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
All photos are taken by me and use of photos without permission would result into legal action.
DISCLAIMER – The content of the blog is solely my views of a place or a thing. This is not to offend any class, religion, ethnicity or nation. My views can change from time to time. This blog may contain some advertisements or links to commercial products and for that, this site is not responsible after you click those advertisements.
We are independently owner of this site and views expressed in this are our own. All photographs are owned by site owner. There can be slight differences in distances, locations or some details for which owner of this site is not responsible. This post may contain some affiliate links, means at no additional cost to you. I will earn if you will click through affiliates and make a purchase.