I’ve been to Al Ain twice already but still wanted to go back again and again. This city is indeed beautiful, the place fully deserves to be called “Garden City in the Desert”. Al Ain is very rich in culture and heritage, from the people to architectural structures and historic buildings, you will amazed how they preserve their cultural heritage. By visiting the place especially their museums you will catch a glimpse of Abu Dhabi’s humble beginnings, how Abu Dhabi rose from rugs to riches.
Al Ain City is located approximately 160 kilometres east of Abu dhabi Capital and 120 km south of Dubai. It’s also called round about capital of the United Arab Emirates. If you are a 1st timer in Al Ain, chances are you will get lost (yes, we did!). Roundabouts are everywhere!. I suggests to do a little research about the place before hand for a less hassle trip, by the way signage are scattered all over the place especially going to popular tourist attractions.
I would like to share to you some of my favorite spot on the city. I hope I can travel to Al Ain again very soon since hubby already got his driving license.
Jebel Hafeet is the UAE’s second highest peak which edmunds.com describes as “among the world’s greatest driving roads.” At the top, you can take a break at the Mercure Jebel Hafeet hotel near the mountain’s peak.
Green Mubazzarah is a park at the bottom of Jabel Hafeet. The park is well maintained, luscious green grass covered the mountain.
Al Jahili Fort
Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain was erected in 1898 by Sheikh Zayed The First, the Al Jahili Fort in the oasis city of Al Ain is one of the great landmarks and symbols of the United Arab Emirates’ cultural heritage. The inner courtyard offers up to 450 visitors an atmospheric setting for chamber music; seating at the large stage is provided for some 3000 concertgoers.
Al Ain Zoo
Al Ain Zoo is open daily but the timings differ during Ramadan, Summer and Winter season. The 1st time I went there was during Ramadan opens from 9 pm to 2 am (kmusta naman ang night shift na mga hayop). Then we came back last September, the timings is from 4:00 pm to 1 am.
Al Ain National
Al Ain Museum is the oldest museum in the UAE and was built by Shaikh Zayed. Visitors can clearly see the features of pre-oil Emirati life, and important archaeological discoveries in the region.
These were the places I visited so far, I know there’s still a lots of tourist attractions in Al Ain. I’m looking forward for Al Ain Paradise next time and hopefully stay a night in Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet, the hotel at the top of the mountain.
If you’re planning for a great vacation here in the UAE, don’t forget to include Al Ain in your list, there’s a lot of must see places to explore.
You want to know more about Al Ain City? just visit the blog of my fellow UAE blogger Misalayn of Al Ain City Daily Photo.