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Al Ain City Tour with Al Ain Zoo - The City of Garden in the Desert Calling !!

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Stop At: Oasenstadt Al Ain, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

A tranquil respite from the hot sun, and a refreshingly natural diversion from the city streets, Al Ain Oasis is a vast series of date palm plantations linked by footpaths right in the heart of the city. A small museum near the main entrance does a good job of explaining the importance of date palms to traditional life, while the oasis itself contains nearly 150,000 date palm trees. The palm groves are still fed by water channels using the traditional falaj irrigation system, which has been in use in the United Arab Emirates for 3,000 years.

This is a great option for anyone seeking some downtime and a relaxing stroll. Horse rides and buggy ride tours of the oasis are available at the main entrance

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Palace, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Qasr al-Ain or "Al Ain Palace", is one of the best-reinstated forts in the Abu Dhabi emirate. The museum showcases the everyday life in a ruler's fort when the late Sheikh Zayed and his family resided in the palace prior to 1966. The Bedouin style architecture dates back to 1937 and was converted into a museum in 1998 as a main cultural and tourist attraction. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 2001, and continues to celebrate the rich history of the country and preserves its links to the present and the future.
The contrast of modern design elements with traditional Emirati influences can be seen throughout the property. The structure of the museum is a conglomeration of courtyards that merge the official and private use of the facilities in one complex. Each of these areas was built and restored using locally sourced and environmentally friendly building materials including clay, adobe and plaster stones, as well as palm tree elements for roofing rooms, ceilings, doors, and windows. The most visited section of the museum is the room that was devoted to teaching the residents of the palace the Holy Quran and Hadith that comprises of the teaching and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) inscribed on the ceiling.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Al Jahili Fort, Sultan Bin Zayed Al Awwal St, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

This much restored fortress, surrounded by some tranquil, shaded gardens in the central city, dates back to 1891 and was once an important defensive feature protecting the town from attack. Today, it's one of Al Ain's major points of interest, and inside its stocky golden-bricked bulk, you'll find an exhibit devoted to photographs depicting the life and work of British adventurer, desert explorer, and writer Wilfred Thesiger, with a particular focus on his journeys into the Empty Quarter during the 1940s.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Jebel Hafeet, Jabal R/a, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second. This towering rocky height, which stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman, is forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years. Significant fossil discoveries have been made in the area, which are vital pieces in the jigsaw of the city’s ancient history.

Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Green Mubazzarah, Below Jabel Hafeet Mountain, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

At the foot of Jebel Hafeet, you'll find Mubazzarah Park, an isolated spot of green amid the rocky and dry landscape. This natural oasis is a great place to relax and is especially pretty during sunset. Its highlight is the natural mineral hot springs, which run through the park area in a series of pools. They're a great place to soak away any travel aches and pains. On the weekends, the park is busy with picnicking local families.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Qasr al Muwaiji, Zayed Al Awwal St Opposite City Seasons Hotel Al Ain, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Qasr Al Muwaiji was home to generations of the Al Nahyan family, and saw the birth of Sheikh Khalifa in 1948. The UNESCO World Heritage Site functioned not only as a home and an oasis in the desert but also as a place of rule and a focus for the community. The architectural gem now offers its visitors a variety of historical and traditional experiences associated with the venue, including oral narrations of the significant moments of Sheikh Khalifa’s life from his early childhood, leadership and vast national achievements.
The recently restored property also provides the public with an insight into the chronology of the members of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family associated with Qasr Al Muwaiji and progression of the Al Nahyan Family. The museum also features interactive activities and performances that celebrate the overall spirit of the significant cultural site.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hili Archaeological Park, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

This site offers a glimpse into Al Ain’s Bronze Age and Iron Age past through tombs, houses, strongholds and irrigation systems.
The Hili Archaeological Site not only provides the earliest known evidence of an agricultural village in the United Arab Emirates, but also contains other Bronze Age (3000 BCE-1300 BCE) and Iron Age (1300 BCE-300 BCE) villages, burial grounds and agricultural infrastructure. The early agricultural village is located at Hili Site 8 and dates to 3000 BCE.
In the period between 2500 BCE and 2000 BCE, the settlement at Hili expanded. This period is called the ‘Umm an-Nar period’ after the island off the coast of Abu Dhabi where remains of this culture were first found.
The largest collection in the UAE of tombs and buildings from this period is located at Hili. A number of these Bronze Age structures are located within the Hili Archaeological Park and are open to the public.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Opened in 1969, Al Ain Zoo is the United Arab Emirates' largest zoo. Endemic mammals such as the Arabian antelope and Arabian oryx can be seen, as well as African gazelles, giraffes, and eland. The big cat enclosures feature lions, tigers, pumas, black and spotted leopards, and jaguars. There is also a monkey compound, aviary section, and reptile house.

The zoo is famous for its research facilities, particularly the breeding program for endangered native animals, with more than 30 percent of the species that can be seen here currently on the endangered list.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Camel Souk, Al-Ain behind Bawadi Mall Direction of Meyzad, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Al Ain's famous camel market is a wonderful immersion in traditional Arab culture. From young Arabian camels that might grow up to be racers to impressive adult camels ideal for breeding, the market is a one-of-a-kind experience to get a closer look at the animal that enjoys a special place in the Emirati heritage. The market is located 15km away from downtown Al Ain and is a stark contrast from the big city, where trading takes place in the morning, but it’s usually possible to see the corralled animals all day long.
Tourists are welcome to take a look at the different camels, attend the mock races, take pictures with the camels and watch locals arrive in pickups laden with goats and sheep, ready to do some hard haggling.

Pass By: Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Drive through from outside. Its closed temporary.

Stop At: Al Ain Mall, Al Ain United Arab Emirates

This bright, modern mall has over 175 stores selling everything from greeting cards to gold jewellery. Anchor stores include Grand Stores, Home Centre and Paris Gallery

Duration: 30 minutes
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