The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

Al Ain Palace Museum
Al Ain Palace Museum | © Traveljunction/Flickr
Kalpana Satish

As one of the largest cities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is known as the “garden city” or “oasis city”. There is much to do in the town, from wandering the lush groves of palms to exploring its interesting landmarks.

Al Ain Palace Museum

1. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

Building, Museum

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

This palace is the former residence of Sheikh Zayed, who later became the president of the UAE. The abode for the Arabic royalty was recently restored to resemble the original appearance of the building. Most of the information throughout the palace is described in Arabic, so try to get familiar with a little history before your visit.

Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

2. Take pictures in front of Jebel Hafeet

Take pictures in front of Jebel Hafeet

Al Ain is mainly known for its scenic views and one of the contributing factors to that scenery is the Jebel Hafeet. This mountainous region surrounds the city tourists can drive up to the summits there to get wonderful views of the town and oases below. The drive up is quite winding and narrow, so be careful!

Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

3. Stand in awe of the Al-Jahili Fort

Archaeological site

Al Ain (Abu Dhabi): Fort Al Jahili
© Dr. Norbert Heidenbluth / Flickr
The Al-Jahili Fort was a historical site that was once restored by a sheikh to become a summer residence and later was adapted to become an information centre and exhibition site. One of the more popular exhibitions is the photography of British adventurer, explorer, and writer, Wilfred Thesiger.

Cheer on a camel race

In Al Ain, it is common for people to attend camel races, just as in many other desert-shrouded parts of the world. These races get quite intense, as camels race around a 10-kilometer track. The locals get quite invested into the culture of these races and it is quite a sight to behold, as crowds of cheering people await the announcement of the winner.

4. Have a picnic in Mubazzarah Park


On a beautiful day, Mubazzarah Park is the perfect location in the city to be. It is common to see families making their way out to this lush pasture of greenery for a quaint picnic or some fun and games. This natural oasis has a hot spring that’s perfect for relaxing in and makes the scenery much more pleasing.

5. Immerse into the culture of the Camel Market


Camel Market
© Joepyrek/Flickr
Live life as the locals do by visiting the Camel Market. It truly is a sight of beautiful chaos, with countless camels lining the streets amidst the hustle and bustle of locals all haggling and chatting. It may be extremely noisy, and slightly pungent, but it is worth experiencing to get into the nitty gritty of the Al Ain desert culture.

6. Splash around at Wadi Adventure


Splash around at Wadi Adventure

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush then Wadi Adventure is the place for you. This recently built water park is located at the base of Jebel Hafeet and has everything from kayaking to rafting to a high ropes course. If guests are looking to kick back and relax instead, there are some tide pools and lounge areas to boot.

Wadi Adventure, Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 781 8422

7. Pet some animals at Al Ain zoo


Pet some animals at Al Ain zoo

The Al Ain Zoo is the region’s most acclaimed zoo and was founded in 1968. It is home to many exotic species, ranging from white lions to giraffes from Africa, to wandering herd animals and Arabian native beasts. There is also one huge birding area, along with a restaurant come cafe to enjoy.

Al Ain zoo, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 799 2000

8. Learn about the history of the Garden City at the Al Ain National Museum


Learn about the history of the Garden City at the Al Ain National Museum

The Al Ain National Museum is certainly one worth visiting. Al Ain is a city like no other, stranded between tree groves and springs in the midst of the desert, so what better way to learn about the history of the location than to visit the National Museum, where there are records of events and people to help tourists get a better understanding of their destination.

Al Ain National Museum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 657 6171

9. Have a day of fun at Hili Fun City

Amusement Park, Park

Have a day of fun at Hili Fun City

Wherever your travels may take you, you are never too old to have some child-like fun. Amusement parks are the best place to let loose, unwind, and enjoy the joy ride. Hili Fun City is an amusement park in Al Ain that has over 30 rides and attractions that are fun for the whole family. There is so much to enjoy and it’s even better when the whole family can join in.

Hili Fun City, Al Ain,Al Hili Area, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 784 4505

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