Al Ain holidays are your gateway to a culturally rich destination in the enchanting United Arab Emirates, with many fascinating treasures to explore.
Known as the ‘garden city’ due to its serene parks and natural wonders, visit the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site at Al Ain Oasis – or discover the looming 50-foot watchtowers of the historic Al Jahili Fort.
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For a truly spectacular experience, head out on a tour to the looming and extraordinary mountain of Jebel Hafeet, around 16 miles outside of Al Ain.
Rising approximately 4,000 feet above sea level, this famous landmark offers superb views over the surrounding landscape.
The mountain also helps visitors gain an insight into local history, with more than 500 tombs having been discovered in its foothills over the past hundred years.
A holiday in Al Ain wouldn’t be complete without heading to the UAE’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Al Ain Oasis is home to date plantations containing tens of thousands of trees, as well as a 3,000-year-old traditional ‘falaj’ underground irrigation system.
The various paths and gardens here provide a truly relaxing place to unwind, as you soak up many centuries of traditional tranquillity.
A fun place for all the family, Wadi Adventure theme park lets you try your hand at adrenaline-pumping sports such as kayaking, wakeboarding and rafting.
Get to grips with the waves in the surf pool or head to the Air Park to tackle a giant swing, climbing wall and ziplines.
Afterwards, catch your breath with a peaceful trip to the nearby Green Mubazzarah park. Al Jahili Park, adjacent to the historic fort, is another great space for a stroll or a picnic.
You’ll find a variety of other serene green spaces dotted around the city too.
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Families will love the Danat Al Ain Resort, which has three pools. The Al Ain Rotana is a super place for a luxury break, while the Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet is just perfect for people on active holidays.
Honeymooners, meanwhile, will have the time of their lives at the Telal Resort Al Ain.
Al Ain’s Hili district is situated 15 minutes from the city centre and has some great accommodation options.
The five-star Hili Rayhaan by Rotana is one of the best, with amenities including a swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness suite and the Elements restaurant, renowned for its international cuisine.
The hotel is also well placed for the shoppers’ paradise that is Hili mall.
The local currency in Al Ain is the UAE dirham (AED). Many places will accept cards, but it is a good idea to carry some cash too.
Al Ain’s public buses are a good way of exploring the area. Taxis and car hire are also available, while organised tours can be taken for day trips.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. Many locals also speak good English – as do many people working at local hotels and attractions.
National UAE holidays are celebrated in Al Ain, including National Day (2 and 3 December). Many locals will also observe Ramadan, a month of fasting, which culminates in a grand celebration for Eid al-Fitr.
Holidays to Al Ain are an ideal way to immerse yourself in the delicious food of this region. A variety of international dining options and restaurants are available.
Lebanese cuisine is especially popular here – with hot mezze and halloumi platters widely enjoyed.
You’ll also find traditional Arabic dishes blending flavoursome rice with grilled lamb – and local favourites such as chicken ‘machboos’ – to tuck into.
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