The UAE is a country of several hidden gems scattered around the whole expanse of the nation and Al Ain is one such hidden gem in the desert. It is an inland oasis city that is located near the vast desert along the UAE-Oman border. Barren lands surround Al Ain, but it is known for its palm groves and natural springs of fresh underground water, keeping the land here relatively fertile. The city of Al Ain has various attractions that include modern attractions and many historical locations spanning back thousands of years.
Here are a few attractions that are a must visit while you are in Al Ain.
Camping at Jebel Hafeet Desert park
The Jebel Hafeet campsite is one of the most premium locations in Al Ain. The Jebel Hafeet Desert Park offers multiple campsite options at different price points. This is not just a campsite, it is a glampsite. This location is almost ethereal, from trekking trails on the surrounding hills to stargazing by a campfire at night under a clear night sky with a canopy of stars.
Explore Jebel Hafeet Beehive tombs
Overshadowed by the Jebel Hafeet Mountains, the Jebel Hafeet beehive tombs are a series of tomb sites that date back to the Bronze age. Archaeological records show that Jebel Hafeet, in the Bronze age was in contact with the Mesopotamian civilization. This historic location is perfect for the history buffs as well as those who love to trek and engage in some stargazing.
Do you know? These domed structures are classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. And wont to like to pay a visit to one such lace right here in UAE?
Take your kids to Al Ain zoo
Want to take your kids out for a traditional family outing? Well, the Al Ain Zoo is the perfect option for you. Home to a variety of wildlife, both native and exotic, the A Ain zoo is truly a national treasure. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning center for an educational experience. You can also go to the Al Ain Desert Safari to observe the wildlife up close. Several birds, mammals, and reptiles call the Al Ain Zoo their home. A visit here may provide the spark necessary to draw your kid’s attention towards Zoology.
Experience adrenaline rush at Wadi adventure park
The Wadi Adventure park is perfect for those who live for the thrill. There are many adventure sports available here for our fellow adrenaline junkies. From kayaking, white water rafting, and surfing to aerial activities like zip-lining, wall climbing, etc. For those looking for a more competitive, adventurous experience, the Wadi adventure park is also the host for the Wadi Adventure Race.
Camel racing is by far the most favorite sport of Emiratis. Other competitions like horseback racing fade compared to the exhilarating experience of the Al Ain Camel races. The visual of camels running at top speed, leaving behind plumes of dust. As their hooves hit the ground, the vibrations can be felt by the entire audience.
The next racing is scheduled in the month of November. Check out the schdule by clicking this link!
Go back to history with Al Jahili fort
The fort was constructed under the orders of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa the first in 1891 to control the tribes around this area. Infact it was a vacation home for the King away from the sweltering heat and humidity near the coast. The Al Jahili fort has been preserved in history, thanks to the restorative efforts of the UAE government. The high walls and the special minarets act as temperature regulators and keep the inside of the fort relatively cooler than the surroundings. This fort is an essential part of the UAE’s architectural history.
Al Ain National Museum
Heaven for history buffs, the Al Ain National museum has undertaken the herculean task of preserving the history of the great Emirati states for generations to come. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan understood that learning about the history of your country is immensely important as it keeps you connected to your roots. This museum was established under his extraordinary leadership and guidance. The museum charts the history of Al Ain from the stone age till the establishment of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. The museum houses various artifacts recovered from the various archaeological sites around Al Ain.
Roam around Date Palm in Al Ain Oasis
Want to get respite from the blazing sun? Then places like Al Ain Oasis are a refreshing spot away from hustle and bustle of the city. This 1200 hectre oasis hosts a series of 150,000 date palms right in the center of the city. Infact there is also a small museum that explains the importance of date palms. All in all, Al Ain Oasis is the best place if you wish to take stroll in the shady palms. And there is also an option to rent a cycle if you wish to explore this beatiful site at your own pace.
Do you know: The watering is done by 3000 years old traditional falaj irrigation system that ensures a sustainable management of this scarce resource.
Al Ain was and continues to be a respite for weary travelers looking for a place to rest and recuperate. It also provides recreational activities fit for everyone irrespective of age, and Al Ain is truly a gem in the crown of the UAE.