Al Ain, popularly known as the Green City, is one of the most attractive cities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Al Ain means “The Spring” in Arabic. This organised and aesthetically beautiful city is a popular tourist attraction, especially among families. It is said that Al Ain was settled way back in 3000 BC and its grand historical and cultural significance makes the destination all the more popular amongst history buffs.

 Jebel Hafeet

Jebel Hafeet, a mountain in the southern part of Al Ain, should be on the top of your must-visit list. The drive up the mountain is a scenic one and there are plenty of beautiful viewpoints where you can stop to admire the mesmerising landscapes. Take a camera along to capture picture-perfect moments from the summit of Jebel Hafeet, where you will get stunning views of the entire region. If you have an adventurous streak, try hang-gliding and dune buggy rides here.

Al Ain Palace Museum

Al Ain Palace Museum

Al Ain Palace Museum, also known as Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum was the residence of Sheikh Zayed, the first president of the UAE. The interior of the museum has been restored to match the original look of the palace when Sheikh Zayed lived here. The former palace is also the place of birth of Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the present Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo is one of the largest animal enclosures in the UAE. Here, you will see lots of exotic wildlife such as Arabian antelopes, Oryx, tigers, lions, jaguars, pumas, and spotted as well as black leopards. The zoo is also home to different kinds of apes, birds and reptiles. Various research and conservation programmes are organised for the protection of endangered species.

 Hili Archaeological Park

Hili Archaeological Park, situated in the northern region of Al Ain, is counted amongst one of the most important places of archaeological discoveries. In fact, these discoveries have made the cultural site of Hili a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Al Ain’s other cultural sites, namely Hafit, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases. Archaeologists have discovered artefacts dating back to the Iron and Bronze ages here. If you are a history buff, and love to know about the pre-historic way of life, this place is a must-visit. The park is situated in the midst of a protected area encompassed by palm trees.

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