About two hours east of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is fed by natural springs and set among oases and plantations, garnering it the nickname 'Garden City'. The birthplace of UAE founding father Sheikh Zayed was once a vital stop on the caravan route between Oman and the Gulf. Visitors flock to its forts, museums, zoo, Unesco sites and central date-palm oasis. A highlight is the drive up the mountain road snaking to the top of Jebel Hafeet, treating you to sweeping views of the arid splendour that is the Empty Quarter along the way.
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Known as the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates on a day trip from Dubai. Enjoy the desert views as you journey toward the Hajar Mountains near the Oman border. Explore Al Ain Museum to uncover the citys Bronze Age roots, visit the camel market and zoo, home to valued white tigers; and experience the hot springs and stunning views from Jebel Hafeet, the countrys highest peak.
Stopover the beautiful garden city of Al Ain, the greenest of all the Emirates, on a full-day tour from Dubai. Instigate with a visit to the Al Ain Museum with its widespread archaeological collection, including particular remarkable second millennium gold pendants. It also houses a renovation of the Grand Hili tomb with its rock engravings. Next, go to the top of Jebel Hafeet, UAE's highest peak, giving you striking views of the desert. At the foot of Jebel Hafeet are hot water springs, perfect for bathing tired feet in steaming healing waters. Then stop at the largest camel market in the UAE, recently modernised to entertain guests all the more. Contingent 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 ambling through the wonderful gardens and enclosures.