If you want to travel inland, there is far more to see than just desert. One alternative you may like to consider is the Al Ain City Tour. Al Ain is also known as the “Oasis City” of the Emirates. It is 140 kms from Dubai but you will travel there in comfort with Funtours. Al Ain is the second city of Abu Dhabi and the largest inland city in the whole of the UAE. Its population has grown beyond 500,000. The dry desert air provides a welcome contrast to the coastal humidity hence the increase in the city’s popularity as a tourist retreat. Many residents of Abu Dhabi City have second homes in this inland city and make regular trips throughout the year. It sits below the tallest mountain in the Region, Jebel Hafeet, which rises to 1,340 meters above sea level. It is a setting that Sheikh’s have enjoyed for holiday breaks for generations; you now have the chance to enjoy what they always have.
What can you expect?
- See all the different kinds of wildlife at Al Ain Zoo.
- Be amazed at the largest Camel Market in UAE where you may interact with the camel by feeding them.
- Take in the beautiful scenery of the Green Mubazzarah Park which allows you to see the greenery of Al Ain. This place also has hot springs that you may enjoy dipping your feet.
- Stand ontop of Jebel Hafeet, the tallest mountain in the region rises 1,340 meters above sea level. At the mountain top, it allows you to overlook some part of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Al Ain City Tour offers the pleasurable experience of strolling along the tree lined avenues, through the Oasis while visiting cultural sites and museums. One of the real pleasures for locals and visitors alike is to sit in the traditional cafes drinking coffee and enjoying Shisha. There is alcohol available but only in the large hotels and a sports club. There are strict planning regulations aimed at retaining the ‘green concept’ within the city. No building can be above four storeys, meaning it retains its welcoming appeal. There are modern entertainment facilities as well: Fun City, a zoo and a golf course. Green Mubazzarah with its hot springs and swimming pools is a must, while Al Ain Paradise is the world’s largest garden according to the Guinness Book of World Records. There are three main malls, Al Ain Mall in the centre of town, Al-Jimi Mall in the Al-Jimi district, and Bawadi Mall in the Al-Khrair District, all of which you can visit during the Al Ain City Tour.
The tour mixes history with sightseeing, the chance to soothe your feet in hot springs and get close to rare white lions and tigers in Al Ain Zoo. There are spectacular views on the road up to Jebel Hafeet; the hot water springs are at the foot of the UAE’s largest mountain. In recent years several water sport activities have been added to the attractions: kayaking, rafting and surfing. At the Museum there are some excellent archaeological exhibits that date back 5,000 years. You should also make sure you see the gold pendants. There is a recreation of the Grand Hili tomb and its rock carvings which are of interest to everyone, not just historians, as this site dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. The Camel Market is the largest in the UAE and it has been renovated to become one of the most popular stops of the tour. This is a beautiful city, greener than you could ever imagine in such an area. You will certainly enjoy the Al Ain City Tour and will cherish the memories you make there.