The Insiders Guide to Al Ain

The Insiders Guide to Al Ain, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (B)

Al Ain (العين) which translates literally into ‘the spring’ is also known as the Garden City and is located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, close to the border with Oman – it’s a ninety minute journey from the capital or Dubai and is the perfect place for a weekend escape. Known for its culture and outdoors activities, it’s a must see for any visitor to the Emirates. As an expat who has lived in Al Ain for the past two years, I am hoping to give you the inside track on what to see & do whilst visiting this beautiful city.

Al Ain is famous for being the birthplace of Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE, it also has the country’s highest number of Emirati nationals giving the city a very traditional feel. The first thing you will notice when entering the city is that there are no tall skyscrapers like those found in other cities in the region, this is due to a building regulation which stipulates that no buildings should be built taller than six stories, so as to preserve Al Ain’s traditional charm. As you drive around Al Ain you will be surprised by two things, firstly just how quiet it is on the roads as there is little (if any) traffic, and secondly the number of roundabouts is insane! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Insiders Guide to Al Ain
Guide Location: United Arab Emirates » Al Ain
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: David Tapley
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hili Archaeological Park
  • Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
  • Souq Zafrana
  • Jahili Fort
  • Palace Museum
  • Al Ain Oasis
  • Al Ain National Museum
  • Murabba Fort
  • Leisure
  • Al Ain Souq
  • Camel/Livestock Market
  • Jebel Hafeet Tombs
  • Al Ain Zoo
  • Jebel Hafeet
  • Green Mubuzzarah
  • Zakher/Tilapia Lake
  • Hili Fun City
  • Ain Raceway
  • Wadi Adventure