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Al Ain Holidays

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Al Ain - the UAE's garden city 

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. 

Book holidays to Al Ain with Etihad Holidays today and start planning your UAE adventure. 

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Things to do in Al Ain

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Visit Jebel Hafeet mountain 

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. 

Where to stay in Al Ain 

An array of options

Regardless of the kind of stay you want, you'll find an Al Ain package with Etihad.  

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. 

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Head to Hili 

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.

All you need to know about Al AIn 

Local currency

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.

Getting around

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.

Languages spoken 

The official language of the UAE is Arabic. Many locals also speak good English – as do many people working at local hotels and attractions.

Public holidays

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.

More about Al Ain

Local cuisine

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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Why we love Al Ain 

“Al Ain’s beautiful oasis and local parks are wonderful to explore. It’s also a place that offers a great atmosphere, delicious food and lots of fun.”

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