Al Ain Information
Al Ain: The Garden City
Known as the Garden City, Al Ain City is an oasis in the Arabian Desert. Al Ain literally means spring in Arabic, is founded with natural springs from the heights of mountains that surrounds it. Al Ain is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In ancient time, Al Ain was an important stop for caravans passing the deserts as it is a green site in the middle of the desert.
Al Ain is full of heritage and takes pride in its culture. It was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it is one of the world’s oldest inhabited settlements. Today, Al Ain is one of the major cities in UAE and has become a major tourist attraction. Al Ain - the Oasis City - is the emirate’s heritage heartland which is located approximately 160 km east of the capital Abu Dhabi and about 120 km south of Dubai. The freeways from Al Ain connecting with Abu Dhabi and Dubai generate a geographic triangle in the center of the country, each city being roughly 130 kilometers away from the other two. Driving around the city you will also find at every road junction fascinating roundabouts, each of which contain themed sculptures, statues, gardens and fountains.
Al Ain has three major malls: Al Ain Mall in the town center, Al-Jimi Mall in the Al-Jimi district, and Bawadi Mall located in the Al-Khrair District. Most commercial activity is centered in and around the town center. There are three 5-star hotels in the city: The Hilton, the Rotana and the Intercontinental, as well as a number of smaller guesthouses.
The Garden City has so much to offer its tourists. Below are just a few places which tourists can visit in Al Ain.
1. Jebel Hafeet
This mountain is one of the most known landmarks in the city. It stands grandly at 1249 meters high and has a beautiful eye view of the city. The mountain is also known for its mountain road where it was called as one of the greatest driving road in the world. The road is best for extreme drivers as well as cyclists who up for adventure. Jebel Hafeet is most famous for its wildlife preserves. There is an animal sanctuary that is home to various kinds of exotic animals. Get to see a herd of zebras and be amazed with the indigenous Arabian Oryx. One of the rarest animals in the world can be seen in the sanctuary, the white lions of Sambona.
2. Green Mubazarrah
At the feet of Jebel Hafeet is another beautiful tourist attraction. The Green Mubazarrah is having hotels and resorts all around. There are hot water springs as well as pools and jacuzzis in the Green that perfectly makes this place a good way to be relaxed.
3. Hili Fun City
A theme park, dubbed as the Disney World of Al Ain, Hili Fun City will surely make every kind of tourists satisfy. The theme park boasts 28 attractions for all ages! It has a family show amphitheater as well as beautiful picturesque views. Accommodations are available for tourists to keep true to Hili Fun City’s theme.
4. Wadi Adventure
Another attraction for the thrill seekers. This is man-made water for rafting, kayaking and surfing.
1. Al Ain National Museum
1. Al Ain Sportplex
There are other interesting places to visit in Al Ain. The Camel Market is one of the most popular places to go; tourists can enjoy camel riding as well as see a real camel race. Tourists can also visit the Souk or market to experience the Arabian market lifestyle.
Abu Dhabi Corniche - Sunset
Currencies - Heritage Village
Heritage Village - Well
Camels in the Empty Quarter
Craftsman in the Heritage Vill...
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