Al `Ayn Travel Guide

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    Hilli Fort and Oasis
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Al `Ayn Things to Do

  • AL AIN ZOO

    In a perfect world, animals are able to run free in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, mankind seems to have created the need for zoos. I don't like zoos. I never have & never will. I believe in natural parks to protect wild animals from poaching and to ensure their habitat. But I guess if a city insists on operating a zoo, then the animals...

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  • JEBEL HAFEET - best driving road in the...

    JEBEL is the Arabic word for "Mount"."Jebel Hafeet" mountain proudly rises 1,240 metres (4,068 feet) above Al Ain, providing spectacular views across the UAE / Omani border. It is often incorrectly named as the UAE's highest mountain because it's so well-known, but this honour actually belongs to Jabal Yibir.A modern 3-lane highway snakes up the...

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  • Highest point of UAE

    Jebel Hafeet is one the highest mountains in UAE, standing about 1340 meters high above sea level. Breathtaking view to the surrounding areas like deserts, wadis (dried river path), and Al Ain city when the day is clear (no dust/fog).There's an excellent 13 km winding road to go to the top where there is very spacious area for car park and a...

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  • The Annual AL AIN AEROBATICS SHOW

    My fiance loves planes, so when I heard about the Al Ain Aerobatics show we decided to "make a day of it" and headed south to this green little emirate. After visiting the zoo in the morning (see my separate tip) we arrive at the Al Ain International airport and were really pleased with the friendly staff and good organisation & layout of the...

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  • Al-Jahili Fort

    This fort was built in 1889 by Sh. Zayad ben Khalifa. It is one of the bigger forts and it has some what a unique design.One of its corners has a 4 towers encircling each other. on the other corner there is a smaller for within the fort. When I got to the fort there was not even a security guard and I had the place for my self. I don’t think there...

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  • Hili Park

    It is a park where families can spend some time. It also contains the remains of a a settelment dating back to 3000 BC. The remains include graves, Houses and a Falij. The Falij is a water way that is dug underground wich channels water channeld to reach to farms. Parts of the Falij will be usually above the grounf. This is the oldest know falij in...

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  • Al Ain Museum and Fort

    This is a nice place to visit to learn about the history of the city. There evidence of human settlement dating as back as 3000 BC. The UAE and Oman during that Period of time was known as Majan or Mazon. It is obvious from the excavation here and else where in Oman that this area was big in Copper production. In addition to that commodity it also...

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  • Jahli Park

    This is a nice public garden right in the middle of Al Ain town. Nice place to bring your family for a nice stroll or a picnic under a palm tree on a cool evening. Very well-maintained with nice flowers, fountains and palm trees. From here, you would also have a nice view of the Jahli Fort which is located at one corner of the park.

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  • Hilli National Archaeological Park

    Entrance: Dh1This is supposedly the site of the Hilli tombs – an archaeological discovery site. But overall, the sights are not very interesting (except maybe to hardcore archaeologist). It is more of a family playground – a place for you to bring your children in the evenings to enjoy the swings or seesaws. The amenities are quite rundown. And...

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  • Al Ain Palace Museum

    Entrance: FreeThis is the palace of the ruling Al-Nahyan family which is now open to the public. The compound is beautiful and you get to have a glimpse of royal family life before the discovery of oil. You’ll get to see the private residences, majlis room, coffee room and even the royal kitchen! A nice place to reminisce on the good old days with...

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  • Al Ain Zoo

    Entrance: Dh10Opening Hours: 9AM – 8PM (Daily)This is the largest zoo in UAE. The landscape is desert-themed. Here you can get to see many rare Arabian animals like the oryx and gazelle as well as other species like lions, crocodiles, monkeys, giraffes etc. In fact the zoo has the largest collection of indigenous animals of the gulf such as as the...

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  • Jebel Hafeet

    Jebel Hafeet is the tallest peak in the UAE at 1340 metres. This rocky mountain overlooks the deserts around Al Ain. Nice place to spend time to marvel at the beauty of Arabia. There is also a cafeteria at the peak where you can grab a bite or a hot coffee when the weather becomes cold at night.The only way to go up the peak is either by taxi or to...

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  • Al Ain Oasis

    Smack in the middle of town is the huge expanse of green palm trees, which is the reason for Al Ain coming into being. The Al Ain oasis is a huge ‘park’ through which you can take a stroll or even drive through! It is amazing how in the middle of the desert, an oasis could spring up and bring so much life and hope to a place. If you take a closer...

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  • Jahli Fort

    This fort is currently undergoing massive refurbishment works and does not seem to be open to the public. Although one can still visit the exterior of the fort and marvel at its beauty. It is located at one corner of the Jahli Park.

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  • Sultan Fort

    Entrance: FreeOpening hours: Sun – Thurs : 9am – 7.30pm Fri : 3pm – 7.30pm Sat : ClosedThe Sultan Fort is located next to the Al Ain National Museum (in fact within the same walled compound). There are some photos of old Abu Dhabi and Al Ain on display. The compound of the fort is probably pretty much the same as it had looked like in the past.

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  • Al Ain National Museum

    Entrance: Dh3Opening hours: Sun – Thurs : 9am – 7.30pm Fri : 3pm – 7.30pm Sat : Closed The museum is divided into two main sections – ethnography and arcaheology. The ethnography section recreates the old traditional Bedouin lifestyle, depicting costumes, jewellery, household items, tools, weapons and traditional music. The archaeology section...

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  • Jabel Hafeet

    Jabel Hafeet is an excellent place in Al Ain (150 Km from Abu Dhabi) to chill out and relax. There is a steeep 13 km drive up this mountain (jabel in arabic). On top there is a huge parking space where you can relax with cool breeze and enjoy UAE on one side and Oman on another side.

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  • Jebel Hafeet part2

    At the start of the mountain you will find the green gardens.Perfect for a picknick or a BBQ.There are some swimming pools (one inside) and during winter some waterfalls.

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Al `Ayn Restaurants

  • Open air restaurant in the oasis

    Situated on the side of Qattara Oasis, the refurbished fort has a restaurant which is a good place for a lunch or drink, particularly in the heat of the day. It is an open air restaurant, with old-style roof and walls. The ceiling has several water jets that give a much needed refreshing mist to cool you off from the heat. To the back side, the...

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  • Indian/Chinese food

    This is a small, very inexpensive restaurant which serves mostly Indian and Chinese style dishes. It has quite a large menu of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The surroundings are not at all grand but the food was well prepared and it seemed very clean.There are separate areas for men only and for families/women to sit and eat here. I like...

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Al `Ayn Transportation

  • Al Ain Airport

    This is a small airport with only few passenger Airlines are currently using (Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, Sudan Air and Pakistan Airline PIA). Most of the flights in and out of this airprt are during the weekends. When you arrive there will be Public buses waiting for you. You can also take a taxi or call Al Gazal company to pick you up in a Lemo...

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  • Al Ghazal Transport

    The company operates mainly in Abo Dhabi and Al Ain as a taxi service and a car rental agency. It also operates bus services from Abo Dhabi and Alain to Dubai. If you arrive to Al Ain Air port (and I doubt that you'll do) than you might need to call them in case public buses don't show upAbu DhabiRent a Car Reservation 02 634 2200Bus Rental 02 444...

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  • Minibus from Dubai

    Staying in Dubai for a week my friend and I decided to take the minibus (departing from Al Ghubaiba bus station in Bur Dubai) going into the the dessert city of Al Ain, UAE, approximately 2 hours southeast of Dubai. The fare was 20 AED per person single way and could easily be bought minutes prior to departure at each bus sation. Note that the idea...

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Al `Ayn Shopping

  • Al Ain Mall

    This is probably the premier mall of Al Ain where you get to shop for designer clothings, oud (Arabian perfume), jewellery shops and designer Arabian costume! There is also a cinema where you can catch the latest movie screenings. A food court with a variety of fast food, Lebanese and Chinese food can be found near the cinema. There is also an...

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  • beads, braids and sequins: a magpie's...

    I have eyes like a magpie; I love shops full of brightly coloured glittering things and searching through these Aladdin's caves, with shelves full of boxes of eye-catching beads; braids, lace and ribbons hanging from the ceilings; stacked spools of gold and silver thread; buttons and buckles, is something I could do for hours. I also love to sew,...

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  • Discounts shops

    Many will notice Al Ain can be quite expensive sometime, but if you looked around carefully you will find some shops that sells items cheaper than you'll find in malls and the same quality, for examples perfums you buy from Paris Gallery, Areej and other fancy shop will cost you around 200~350 Dhs each, you can find the same perfums at a reasonable...

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Al `Ayn Local Customs

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    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    Local silver Jewelry are very nice and elaborate. The usual stuff ¡§ear rings, etc¡¨ adorned with precious stones. I am not good with this stuff to an extend that I was not able to come with Names for Jewelry except for ear rings ƒº

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Al `Ayn Warnings and Dangers

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    by zuyao Written Nov 12, 2007

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    There are many roundabouts in the town of Al Ain – almost at every intersection. There are many mad drivers around entering and exiting the roundabouts dangerously. Be careful when approaching one. It doesn’t pay to battle it with the local boys!

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  • "Tourists, please follow the brown...

    Upon entering Al Ain, this is the first thing you'll read: a large brown sign with the above text.Straight after that, you'll notice signs asking you to "please use seat belt and be safe". GOSH! Isn't Al Ain just such a friendly little place? LOL! ;-)On my photo you'll see an example of these very useful brown tourist signs. They point-out most of...

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  • Brown Signboards

    If you are driving to Al Ain, you can forget about maps! The town is quite small and easy to drive around. The authorities have erected many brown signboards showing the locations/ directions to all the main tourist attractions of Al Ain. All you need to do is just follow those signboards and you won’t be lost!

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