Delve into Al Ain oasis on a full-day tour from Abu Dhabi. Aboard an air-conditioned vehicle, travel to the picturesque setting, which is backed by the Hajar Mountains and dubbed the UAE’s “Garden City.” Explore Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum; discover the traditional “falaj” water channels; and drive up Jebel Hafeet mountain for spectacular views. Visit a food market, camel racetrack and mountain springs, and finish with a buffet lunch at a 4-star hotel.
Begin your full-day tour with a pickup from your Abu Dhabi hotel. Meet your guide, and then relax into your comfortable, air conditioned vehicle as you travel to Al Ain.
Known as the “Garden City,” the pretty desert oasis is actually one of the UAE’s oldest cities and sits beneath the Hajar Mountains near the Omani border. As you travel, learn about Al Ain’s history and hear how Bronze Age relics have been found near the city, indicating that its roots stretch back centuries.
On arrival, admire the manicured gardens and avenues as you head for Al Ain National Museum. Go inside with your guide to chart Al Ain's history through the exhibits, and view some of the Bronze Age remains unearthed nearby. Continue to Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, formerly the residence of the UAE’s late founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed, and views its impressive art gallery, meeting rooms and gardens.
Next, head to the camel racetrack, livestock market and food market to glimpse into the daily life of Al Ain's residents. See the waterways that snake between the date palms, and hear how these mud-walled water channels have been used for irrigation for millennia. Then, travel by coach up craggy Jebel Hafeet, the 4,098-foot (1,249-meter) mountain that looms over the city.
After admiring the views, descend to the hot springs that gush from the foothills of the mountain. Admire the beautiful setting and springs and dip your toes in the cool streams, if you wish.
Continue to a 4-star hotel for a buffet lunch of international cuisine. Savor dishes such as grilled meat, fish and salad, and wash your lunch down with drinks at your own expense.
Lastly, travel back to Abu Dhabi where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of the tour.