Drop in at the Al Ain Zoo, to say hello to the Arabian antelope and oryx, the African gazelles and giraffes, to name a few of the plethora of animals that can be found lounging casually in the compound.
Wadi Adventure is the Middle East's first man made surfing, rafting and kayaking facility. It has the world's largest artificial surfing wave, three levels of white water rafting rapids and a long kayaking channel. It hosted the world's first ever rafting championship in 2016 where 27 countries participated. Other than water-based activities, Wadi Adventure also has an 'airpark'. The airpark has a 200m long zip line, suspended balance beams and a 13m high climbing wall. It also has a giant swing, which can hold up to three people at one time and gives a great adrenaline rush. Wadi Adventure is the perfect place to spend all day having fun and enjoying yourself.
Al Ain Zoo is the largest in UAE and a very popular destination amongst families. Home to over 4,000 animals, it has a giraffe feeding centre, a petting zoo and camel riding facilities. The zoo can be visited on foot and it takes around 2 hours for the full tour. There are also other options to tour the facility – trucks and SUVs. Besides the animals, the zoo also offers a night safari and a learning centre called Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre. It's an area full of interactive exhibits showing the past, present and the future of the Desert Emirates. The night safari starts at 7pm and is an exciting way to spot animals peeking out of the trees and bushes. The safari ends with a session of feeding the giraffes some dinner! There are other experiences on offer – you can know more about the timings and prices of these here.
Al Ain is quaint, quirky and sublime with lots to offer, especially the panoramic flower garden with colorful blossoms, Wadi Adventure Water Park, the Jahili Fort and the impressive oasis filled with palm plantations. As we passed the date groves in the dappled light fortified by a dense cluster of trees we kept wondering how the desert can highlight such inordinate green setting. Not to forget the natural zoo in Al Ain which boasts of a variety of avian and animal life. It was with a pang of regret I went inside the car as it was time to leave.