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Al Ain has always been an upmarket tourist resort in UAE and is a gifted land of abundance. On both sides I could see the desert vastness spread all around creating variegated geometrical patterns on the sands. The breathtaking beauty of almost nothingness is unique, ethereal and tranquil. As we entered the so called 'Garden City', part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE's most fertile areas, a literal oasis. I could feel a rush of adrenaline as we ascended Jebel Hafeet mountain from where we could see the verdant landscape as the driver took the steep turns.
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Al Ain Oasis - Al Mutawaa - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
Al Ain Oasis, is also a must visit if you have some time on your hands. Offering a reprieve from the sun, you can take leisurely walks on footpaths that are fringed by date palm plantations. These palm groves are still fed by water channels using the traditional falaj irrigation system, that has been in use in the UAE for nearly 3,000 years.Stay
Al Ain Zoo & Aquarium - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
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.
Jebel Hafeet - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
Jebel Hafeet, the highest peak in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the second highest in UAE, is a 1,249-metres high mountain looking over the city of Al Ain. The mountain provides stunning views of the city from the top. You can either drive, take a cab, or if you have the stamina, cycle all the way up to the peak of the mountain for stunning views of the sprawling city. Over 500 ancient burial tombs have been found in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet. Also, the 12km long road, leading to the top of the mountain, is easily termed as the greatest driving road on the planet. There are 21 turns on the road and it's the road to drive on if you own a supercar or have rented one for a day!
Camel Souk - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
Camel racing is one of the oldest Emirati tradition and an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Al Ain has a large 10km track that hosts regular camel races. Some of the best breeds can be seen galloping around the tracks. The entrance to the race is free, and you can bet as much as you want on your favourite camels! But an even more fascinating sight is the 4X4 cars racing alongside the tracks. What are these you ask? These are the cars of the camel owners. They follow the camels along the side of the track, yelling at full volumes to encourage the jockeys and the animals to run faster. The winner stands to win outrageous prices, from huge sums of money to luxury cars!
Dubai-Al Ain Road - Al Masoudi - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
It's roughly a 90 minute ride from Al Ain to Dubai. During the journey I did have some moments of disquiet as I recollected the exquisite moments I spent there. Like standing at the top of Abu Dhabi's tallest peak, Jebel Hafeet, 220m above sea level, was like standing on another planet as the rocks took on a russet hue with the approaching dusk and the wavy desert sands below extending into an obscuring haze.
Hili Fun City - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
Hili Fun City is one of the largest theme parks in UAE. It has more than 30 attractions ranging from thrilling rides and adventures to gentle rides for children of all ages, including a roller coaster and an elevated sky-flyer. And located right next to it is the Al Ain Ice Rink, an Olympic- sized ice skating rink where you can chill out while the sun beats hot outside. Wednesdays are reserved for ladies only and the park is closed on Sundays.