Al Ain Palace Museum
A nice place to visit to see various traditionally decorated rooms such as the meeting room, bedrooms and storerooms before viewing the traditional tent in the garden with it's well and fountain. There are also exhibits of traditional artworks and photographs. I can't remember there being an entrance fee, but if there is, it is nominal.
Visit the Green Mubazzarah on your way to Jebel Hafeet. This green area at the base of the mountain offers picnic areas, thermal inside baths (separate male and female) and outdoor thermal springs. There are also chalets for rent.
DO THE BORDER RUN (OR WALK)
Want a quick border adventure? The town of Wilayat Al-Buraimi is just over the border in Oman. You can drive here from Dubai and actually walk over the border. You could drive, but I was not insured, so I parked the car on the U.A.E. side and walked over the border to see the restored Al Khandaq Fort. Be careful of traffic! The great thing is that there is NO BORDER control here, so no visas or passports are involved! They do have a border point, but is in a different town. So go for a day trip in Oman and run the border. Or walk.
This border is now controlled. Some nationalities can get a visa at the border to go for the day. Check with your local Omani Embassy.
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Sultan Bin Zayed Fort
For a small fee you can visit the informative museum of local exhibits, historical facts, video presentations and archaeological artifacts before visiting the fort to walk around and view old photos and the various rooms there.
We were picked up at our hotel at around 3pm and taken out of Al Ain by 4WD to the dunes. Here the driver did various wheel spins and turns over the dunes which was great fun. We were then taken to the desert camp to do sandboarding, ride on camels and ride a 4 wheeled motorcyle across the dunes (extra charge). There was then a buffet style meal with soft drinks included (alcohol extra), a belly dancing show, henna painting and shisha smoking area. We were then taken back to the hotel and arrived around 9.30pm. Good fun! Cost around 250 dirhams pp.
Take a trip up to Jebel Hafeet for a view of Al Ain and beyond. Nice to view the sunset from the observation point at the top if you get a clear evening. There is a Mercure Hotel at the top of the mountain road where nice views can be had whilst eating or drinking in the restaurant.
Drive around Al Ain to see the various novelty roundabouts. In the downtown area you will see the Coffee Pot Roundabout and the Pearl Chest.
Visit the camel market
Visit the camel market to see both baby and adult camels. We got to go inside one of the enclosures to pet the babies. Good for close up photos.
Al Ain Zoo
For a small fee, visit the zoo which has quite a large selection of animals with a few reptiles housed in a darkened area. The Silverback is my favourite.
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