Things to do in Al Ain

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From Dubai: Al Ain Full Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Dubai: Al Ain Full Day Tour with Lunch

Al Ain, the traditional seat of the Sheikhs, is perhaps the most folkloric of the main cities in the UAE. Explore this city on a full day trip from Dubai and experience a world that combines culture and tradition with present day life.   Start off with a 1.5-hour drive to Al Ain, where you’ll experience desert life in all its glory. Visit the National Museum, followed by a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum to admire its fluid mix of Bedouin-style and modern architecture. Here, you’ll learn more about ancient Emirati customs and traditions.   Have a buffet lunch in the city and sample local and regional dishes. Following this, discover the camel market and camel race track, a must-see attraction. Head to Jebel Hafeet, a great mountain overlooking the city where you can take in stunning views. Jahili Fort awaits you next, one of the largest castles in Al In and an excellent example of Islamic military architecture.   Then, visit Qasr Al Muwaiji, an impressive structure that has watched over the oasis for around 100 years. Finally, visit the hot springs Al Mubazzarah, whose water is said to have mysterious healing powers. After an eventful day, you’ll be driven back to Dubai.

From Dubai: Al Ain Garden City Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

2. From Dubai: Al Ain Garden City Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a great day taking in the sights of the beautiful UNESCO-listed "Garden City" of Al Ain. En route watch the fascinating and ever-changing desert scenery. On arrival visit the renovated Old Palace of H.H. late Sheikh Zayed, former ruler of Abu Dhabi and UAE's founding President. Next, visit the award-winning Al Jahili Fort to view the permanent exhibition dedicated to the intrepid British explorer, Wilfred Thesiger, who crossed The Empty Quarter Rub al-Khali twice in the 1940s. You will then head to UAE’s oldest Al Ain National Museum to discover artifacts from the 6th Century B.C. Head to the heritage site of Al Ain Oasis where your guide informs you about the Falaj, an ancient underground irrigation system. Afterwards, enjoy a photo session at the local camel market, the largest in the region, before stopping for a delicious lunch. Later, you will make a final stop at the foot of Jebel Hafeet mountain for a look at the popular hot springs before a pleasant drive back.

Abu Dhabi Airport Transfer to Hotel or Vice Versa

3. Abu Dhabi Airport Transfer to Hotel or Vice Versa

After a tiring flight, why not relax and take the worry out of your arrival? Simply book a private transfer by modern, air-conditioned vehicle to your accommodation or location of choice. Your professional driver will wait for you in the arrival area with a name board. Your private transfer can take you between Abu Dhabi International Airport and your hotel in Abu Dhabi city, Yas Island, Saadiyat, Anantara, Al Ain or in Dubai (or vice versa). Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking and you'll be provided with a travel voucher that should be presented to your driver on arrival (or for departure transfers, at the time of your hotel pick-up).

From Dubai: Al Ain City Tour

4. From Dubai: Al Ain City Tour

Al Ain is one of the agricultural centers of the Emirates, a university city and the birthplace of the first President of the UAE.  The first stop is the archaeological Hili Garden which dates back over 500 years. Next, learn about the origins of the city at the Al Ain Museum. Enjoy a shaded walk through the Jimi and Hili oases, before visiting the Al Ain Palace Museum, the residence of the late ruler Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Explore the collection of family portraits and learn how the royal family lived and entertained guests to the palace.  At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Dubai.

From Abu Dhabi: Al Ain Full Day Tour with Lunch

5. From Abu Dhabi: Al Ain Full Day Tour with Lunch

Visit Al Ain, the traditional seat of the Sheikhs and perhaps the most traditional of the main cities in the UAE where desert life is best demonstrated. See a true series of oases and take a visit to the Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, as well as a trip to the camel race track and the livestock market where you can watch real-life bargaining, an important part of the culture.  Following this, head to Jebel Hafeet, the great mountain and its remarkable location that overlooks the beauty of Al Ain city. Also, visit the Hot Springs situated at the foot of the mountain and discover the healing water which is found abundantly in this area. Then, enjoy lunch in a hotel before heading back to Abu Dhabi. 

Dubai: Al Ain Garden City with Conservation Zoo

6. Dubai: Al Ain Garden City with Conservation Zoo

Visit the beautiful garden city of Al Ain, the greenest of all the Emirates, on a full-day tour from Dubai. Begin with a visit to the Al Ain Museum with its extensive archaeological collection, including some spectacular second-millennium gold pendants. It also houses a reconstruction of the Grand Hili tomb with its rock engravings.  Next, go to the top of Jebel Hafeet, UAE's highest peak, giving you stunning views of the desert. At the foot of Jebel Hafeet are hot water springs, ideal for bathing tired feet in steaming therapeutic waters. Then stop at the largest camel market in the UAE, recently renovated to entertain guests all the more. Depending on the time of year, you may see baby camels. Move on to Al Ain Conservation Zoo, which houses some the world's last remaining white lions and tigers. You will have the chance to get up close to the animals while strolling through the wonderful gardens and enclosures. 

Al Ain: 8-Hour Tour for Small Groups

7. Al Ain: 8-Hour Tour for Small Groups

Discover the history of the Emirates and Al Ain, a city in the desert with a population of 650,000 people, a good hour’s drive from Dubai and full of green oases. Visit the Heritage Village and museums that document the development over the past 40 years. Visit the beautiful gardens with palm trees, learn about the irrigation techniques, and admire the Al Ain Oasis. At the various markets, watch the traders haggle over their prices – with wares ranging from fruits to camels. Even falcons play a special role in Al Ain at special farms where the expensive animals are trained and cared for. Enjoy a meal in the home of a local family or at a selected restaurant, and enjoy delicious Arabic dishes. Traditionally, you sit on the floor and eat with your hands but beginners may use a knife and fork. Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain of the Emirates, is located in Al Ain. From here you can see as far as Oman. Below the mountain is the world’s unique mountain landscape of Green Mubazzarah. You will also stop at a mineral spring. On this tour, get an extensive insight into a country where there is much to discover. Experience a day full of unforgettable impressions.

Al Ain: Full-Day Tour from Dubai

8. Al Ain: Full-Day Tour from Dubai

Visit Al-Ain, a unique UAE city, on this day trip from Dubai. Tour the second-largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and see the residences of powerful families in magnificent buildings, the most important universities, picturesque oases, exciting markets, and the palace of Sheikh Zayed. On your tour learn interesting facts and stroll through beautiful gardens with palm trees, learn about the irrigation system of the oasis, and discover the role of the hawks. Visit bustling markets with everything on offer from exotic fruits to live animals. Stop at the mineral springs at the foot of the mountain for a refreshing and scenic break. Listen to your guide as they tell you about the country and its people. Visit a camel farm and hear about the training program for racing camels or maybe have the chance for a cup of fresh camel milk. After the visit to the farm, experience the nightlife of Al Ain. Enjoy the culinary delights in the fresh air, under the palm trees with live music. Sit back, relax, and reminisce about your day in Al-Ain.

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What people are saying about Al Ain

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 364 reviews

What I particularly liked about the excursion was the optimal mix of nature and culture. Al Ain is a green oasis in the desert. The lunch buffet was varied and tasted very good. There were many different impressions on the trip. The guide was very friendly and was able to answer all of our questions.

The trip to Al Ain is definitely recommended. The oasis, the fort, the springs and the Hajjar Mountains are really impressive. We received a lot of useful information about the country and culture from our guide Kumar.

Great and varied insight. Lots of information from the voice guide (several languages including German). On time with a good driver / guide.

The tour is well worth seeing, all points were approached, enough time for everything, I can recommend it

I really enjoyed the tour, learned a lot of the history and traditions of the city