Al Ain is a place with most of the mountain ranges and different biological places. As per the historical scripts. The civilization started in this area in BC 5000 onwards. This is the only place included in the famous UNESCO’s world heritage list. You have lot of historical places to view in this part of the world.
The below mentioned places are the most famous spots with tourism interest.
Jabal Hafeet is a mountain summit which is the second highest point in UAE with 1240-meter height. This is a great beautiful picnic place from where one can view the entire surrounded area. It is around 55 Km away from the AL Ain city. The drive to the summit in a winding mountain road is a good experience with many beautiful places to watch in between. There are three-line road, two for climbing and one for descending. The drive during sunset time is so nice as you can view the sunset at the summit while you are driving towards the summit. The road has a total length of 7.3 miles and many international motor journalists accepts this is one of the best roads to drive.
Jabal Hafeet lies in Tawam area and it is a part of Hajar Mountains. It is situating on the border of UAE and Oman.
Ali Ain zoo opened in 1969 and which is one of the best zoo in the Middle East. In its four-kilometer land area, the zoo is home to over 4,000 animals across 200 species. There are many animals and birds can see here. Some of them are the Arabian antelope, Arabian oryx African gazelles, giraffes, elande, lions, tigers, pumas, black and spotted leopards, and jaguars. There’s also a flower garden and a native plant garden that features plant species indigenous to the region. The zoo can be explored easily through the safari service. There are packages extending across a wide range with the lowest starting at AED 200 per head.
There are many new expansion projects with the zoo soon like Gorilla sanctuary, Al Ain Zoo Boulevard for more shopping and dining experiences, reptile park, Elephant safari, Koala Land, Sand Cat feeding centre, Hotel and safari resort etc.
The best time to travel here is from October to January.
Al Ain Oasis is a date palm farm in the heart of the city but it brings you to a calm and quite surroundings with no time. With around 150000 date palm trees, this farm is home for many small birds. You can hear only the birdsongs and the rustle of the palm fronds. It is in the heart of the city, which follows the 3000 years old tradition of water irrigation system called “FARAJ”. It means the oasis uses a system of narrow waterways to get fresh spring water from the Hajjar Mountains to irrigate the date farms inside. The oasis spread over 3000 acres of land.
A museum can see just near to the main entrance where one will get the information about tradition of Al ain and its people apart from the importance of date palm tree in the life of Arabs. Also, tourists can engage plays like Horse rides and buggy ride at the main entrance. There a Oasis Plaza which will give you refreshment like food & beverage outlets and spots to buy traditional goods and local produce.
Al Ain oasis formally recognized by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a rare ecosystem in the world.
The entrance to the oasis is free and the opening hours is daily 8AM to 5PM.Exact location is Al mutawa, Al ain.
One of the largest forts in the UAE, Al Jahili Fort was built in 1891 on orders from Zayed The First. It served as a summer residence for the royal family. The natural climate control of the traditional mud brick has now been enhanced by embedding cold water pipes into the walls. The fort has renovated in 2008 under a project by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage(ADACH). Surrounded by lush green park, the fort won the famous Terra award for best earthen architecture in 2016.
The fort includes a visitor information centre, a permanent exhibition devoted to Wilfred Thesiger, who visited the fort twice in 1940s and a temporary exhibition Gallery. The temperature inside the fort controlled at 22 degree Celsius with the help of cold water sprinkling into the mud plaster of the walls.
The fort would also have provided a refuge in times of attack for the inhabitants of the oasis. The building fell into disrepair by the early 1950s, when British forces came to Al Ain and requisitioned the fort as a base for a unit of the Trucial Oman Levies. Barracks and other buildings were added to the earlier fort and tower.
There is an entry free of One Dirham for adults. Children can enter freely.
Winter visiting hours are from 8.30 am to 1 pm and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm and Summer timings are 8.30 am to 1 pm and 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
Camel racing is a tradition in UAE, and the Al Ain Camel racing track with 10 Km long and there has been functioning the races regularly. For the racing, certain breeds of Camels are using. Some breeds include white and golden “Anafi” and black or brown “Boushari” are regularly using for racing. Camel races normally take place on weekend mornings(Friday) and in public holidays. Important camel racings places in Al Ain are Al Wathba Camel Racetrack (about 45km east of Abu Dhabi on the Al Ain Road) and the Al Maqam Track.
Entrance to the races are free of charge.
Al Ain Camel market situates around 15 Km away from downtown Al Ain and the trading of camel are taking place usually in the morning hours. As everyone knows that UAE’s heritage and culture is closely related to camels, this camel market fulfills the cultural affinity and it ensures that the protection and relation with Camels protecting in its natural way. The tourists can see mock races, they can take pictures with camels also they can watch the intense bargaining between locals buyers and traders.
Entrance fee is 30 Dirhams for adults. The location of the Camel Market is Zayed Bin Sultan Street, Al Ain.
The Mubzzarah Park is at the foot of famous Jabal Hafeet in Al Ain. This is a vast Greenish Garden amidst the sand and hilly landscape. Its highlight is the natural mineral hot springs, which run through the park area in a series of pools.
This is a fort with boasts a great history. It built in the early years of 20th century by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Khalifa for his father. This was the family home of the ruling Nahyan family till 1966. After that this was used for date plantation before a big renovation and expansion project happened. The climate of Al Ain is with hard contrast, severe heat and some time heavy rainfall which require the mud walls constant repair and renovation.
Qasr Al Muwaiji is dedicated to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates, who was born within the Fort. The UNESCO world Heritage site will provide all information about the Nahyan family.