Private Tour: Al-Ain City Sightseeing with Transport from Dubai
After nearly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive in town and admire the palm trees and leafy streets that attributed to Al-Ain’s moniker. As the birthplace of the influential Sheik Zayed, the city benefited from his patronage and his passion for greenery around the desert. Your first stop is Sheik Zayed Palace Museum to learn about the man and his life in the city as you explore his former home. Discover the picturesque courtyards where he relaxed, and see his bedroom where he is said to have humbly slept on the floor.
Continue to Al-Ain Camel Market to experience a taste of old-world Arabia on a walk around the enclosures. A hubbub of hawkers’ haggling and camels’ braying, the famous market is as colorfully chaotic as Emirati markets get, so soak up the atmosphere and pose for photos in front of the humpbacked beasts that are traded around the gulf.
Enjoy a break for lunch in town (own expense), and then pay a visit to Hili Archeological Park to explore its landscaped gardens and excavations. The site is home to the country’s largest Bronze Age digs, and its remains are thought to date back around 400 years. See the ruins of a grand tomb complete with decorative carvings, and gaze at the mud-brick buildings and crumbling tower foundations that lay scattered around.
In the late afternoon, travel away from the city, and then finish your day with a hotel drop-off in central Dubai.
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Al Ain City Sightseeing Tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned mini bus
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public
- It is considered offensive to photograph Arab women
Reviewed by: Robin V, July 2010
Reviewed by: JT, October 2012
This is an expensive tour and the camel market and the oasis were the highlights. We would have preferred more time at the markets in fact. Could have passed on the archeological site that wasn't.