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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 OasisIs UAE’s first presented UNESCO world heritage site visitor experience. This 3000 acres place’s walkways shaded by palm plantations and cooled by the water in the oasis will transport you to an entirely different world from the noise and heat of the city. All of this in the middle of a dessert.
Al Ain Zoo & Aquarium - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
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.
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
Visiting the camel souk is a must do while at Al Ain. This is the best way to experience the local traditional culture. The last remaining camel market in UAE, where the animals are kept in pens and displayed like any other market for you to watch or buy! The show camels are black, the racing camels, tan, thin-hipped and long-legged, the milk camels are round of belly, and the breeding camels are huge with lots of teeth. There are also calves for sale. It's a stinky yet fascinating experience that hasn't been destroyed by throngs of tourists yet. Some traders may offer you a tour around the market, but you are totally free to explore on your own.
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.