Jebel Hafit, Green Mubazzarah and more.
Nestling at the foot of the mighty Jebel Hafit and a stone’s throw away from the Omani border, Al Ain may be the smaller sibling of Abu Dhabi City but it does not fall short when it comes to great things to do.
From conquering the mighty Jebel Hafit and exploring the weird and wonderful floral and fauna of Al Ain Zoo to soaking up the rays at the Al Ain Rotana swimming pool to enjoying a game of golf, the Garden City is one place where you will never get bored.
Here are some amazing things to do in Al Ain.
The emirate’s highest peak, Jebel Hafit is arguably Abu Dhabi’s most fascinating and iconic natural landmark.
Packed with archaeological treasures that date back 5,000 years to the Neolithic period, the road journey to the peak standing at 1,240 metres was announced in May as the third most popular road trip on the planet from which to snap.
And on a clear day, the top provides stunning vistas of the surrounding deserts as well as a glimpse of neighbouring Oman.
The beautiful green expense at the base of Jebel Hafit is known as the Green Mubazzarah.
A wonderful spot for a picnic, visitors can take a cheeky dip in the hot springs that are dotted around the base of the mountain, as well as get themselves a pic of a beautiful waterfall.
AL AIN OASIS
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lush oasis in the centre of the city allows visitors to meander, cycle and even ride on horses beneath a thick canopy of some 147,000 date palms and other fruit trees.
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AL AIN ZOO
Are you ready for a roaring good time? Home to more than 4,000 animals, Al Ain Zoo has been providing a wonderful family day out for more than 50 years and if you want to take your experience up a notch, you can hop on a bike and cycle around the zoo on one of three tracks.
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HILI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
Located just ten minutes outside of Al Ain sits Hili Archaeological Park.
A place for history buffs or those who are fans of the wide, open spaces, you can explore Bronze and Iron Age villages that date back to 3,000 BC.
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AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB
Throw off the shackles of work in the evening and head for a relaxing round of golf at this social club.
Providing an 18-hole championship golf course that would give the best of scratch golfers the yips, you can sample the course’s charm and difficulty every day of the week from 6.30am to 9pm on weekdays and 6am to 7pm at weekends.
For more information visit Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club
AL AIN ROTANA
Take a break from exploring the city and its hinterland with a relaxing pool day at Al Ain Rotana. Adults and children under 12 years can cool down daily from 6am to 9.30pm. For more information visit Al Ain Rotana
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