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5 places to visit in Al Ain
Updated on 12 June 2017

Al Ain, also known as the Garden City due to its greenery, is the largest inland city in the UAE. It is located approximately 160km east of Abu Dhabi and about 120km south of Dubai. Here are five places worth visiting in Al Ain.

1. Al Ain Camel Market

Located east of Jebel Hafeet, this is the last souk of its kind in the UAE and is an excellent opportunity to see camels up close and how well they’re cared for. There are some excellent photo opportunities, but ask permission before taking pictures. Opening hours are from 6am to 7pm. There is an entry fee for organised group tours. 

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2. Jebel Hafeet

At 1,240m, it is Abu Dhabi’s highest peak and the UAE’s second highest. Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills. A winding highway, listed among the world’s greatest driving roads, takes visitors to the top, which boasts magnificent views over Al Ain. At the base of the mountain is the Green Mubazzarah Park and Hot Springs. In addition to the hot springs (where you can dip your feet in 40-degree Celsius waters), the location also features flowing streams, a man-made lake, lawns, pools, chalets and a play area for children.

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3. Al Ain Classic Car Museum

What started as a small collection of personal and members’ cars under a traditional tent is now an air-conditioned building in Ain Al Faida, housing a rotating collection of vehicles. Tour time could vary between 15 to 45 minutes, and visitors are welcome to take pictures but are not allowed to touch or pose around the vehicles. It is open from 9am to 5pm from Saturday to Thursday and from 4pm to 8pm on Fridays. Tickets are priced at Dhs 5 per person. www.alainclassiccarsmuseum.net

4. Al Ain Oasis

In the heart of the city, the Al Ain Oasis has been opened as the UAE’s first curated UNESCO World Heritage site visitor experience. Spread over 1,200 hectares and containing more than 147,000 date palms of up to 100 different varieties, this impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. 

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5. Al Ain Palace Museum 

Built in 1937, it was the palace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan before being converted into a museum in 1998. It opened to the public in 2001. Built using environmentally-friendly materials and traditional in design, the museum hosts events focusing on and celebrating Emirati culture. It is open from 8.30am to 7.30pm on weekdays (except Monday) and from 3pm to 7.30pm on Fridays.

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