Al Ain is a city which is located in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, the UAE. It shares its border with Oman and is known as a ‘garden city’ due to its lush greenery which is punctuated by parks, oases, tree-bound avenues, and beautiful decorative roundabouts. The city genuinely wants to preserve its green status and for this reason, there are also strict height limits imposed on new constructions. Its distinct status is also improved by the fact that Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was born here and if you pay attention then you will notice that the freeways connecting Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain form a geographical triangle. So if you want to spend a sweet vacation in here, then there are many hotels in Al Ain which will cater to all your needs. No matter if you require one within a budget or one where you want to splurge, the varieties are there for you.
So now that staying plans are sorted out, let’s check out what you can do in this green city
Relax in Green Mubazzarah Park
We told you that AI Ain is famously referred to as the garden city and so parks galore in this area. Situated right along the foothills of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain, this park provides the ideal picnic place with family and friends. So if that’s on your agenda, you now have a destination to put in your list. Don’t worry about space as their sprawling lawns will never make you feel cramped. Wondering what’s more to d in this park, apart from just picnicking- don’t worry, you will be able to dip into the hot springs while tasting the cool mountain air. Coming from a seething personal experience- do check the water temperature before you lunge in.
Experience Disneyland- Al Ain style
Hili Fun City is also referred to as the Disneyland of the city. First opened in 1985, this fun city has welcomed many visitors since its opening, with guests ranging from celebrities to royalty. It is a great place to take your kids and family as the rides also range according to various age brackets and needs. Love to skate? This park has got you covered with an Olympic sized skating rink and if you get tired, just head over to one of the eateries to refuel.
Go back in time and visit Qasr Al Muwaiji
Built in 1946, Qasr Al Muwaiji is the where UAE’s first president- Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was born. The building was restored and now it is open for public tours. You will be able to witness a permanent exhibition which tells the tale of his life and more.
Get to know the culture through Al Qattara old souk
Dating back to the mid 20th century, Souq al Qattara is an important effort to preserve and hold onto the UAE culture. Get washed away in an aura of beauty at its weekend bazaars where you will be able to local artisans spinning pots or weaving rugs. Take a look at the array of traditional things on display, which ranges from spices, incense, cooking tools, coffee, and local dates.
Al Ain is an underrated city, but it has a lot to offer to its visitors- from the luscious greenery to the fragrance of a traditional culture, this place has it all.