Dubbed the Garden City for its green parks, this attractive city is fringed by the Hajar Mountains near the Oman border. On arrival you will visit Al Jahili Fort, one of the UAE’s oldest buildings. Head inside to explore this postcard-pretty fort and learn how it was built in 1891 to protect the city’s palm groves.
Continue to explore the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum. The former home of late UAE president, His Highness Sheikh Zayed, this restored palace sits among palms and magnolia trees, and comprises official rooms and collections that belong to the ruling family. Stretch your legs around Al Ain oasis to see the simple-but-ingenious Falaj channels. Snaking overground between the palms, take a closer look at the channels and learn they have been used to irrigate local plantations for thousands for years.
Then, head for Al Ain National Museum, where many more of the park's relics are on show. View the age-old pottery and tools, and chart Al Ain’s recent history in the days before the discovery of oil.
Stop at the bustling Camel Market. See the camels and mingle with the locals as they inspect and haggle over the prized livestock. Following lunch (own expense), visit the hot springs below Jebel Hafeet, the mountain that towers over the city. Perhaps paddle in the waters, and then start your drive back to Dubai.
Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of the tour.
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The U.A.E's largest camel market
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- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Entrance fees (where applicable)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
Buses used for excursions are of the highest standard available. All buses are air-conditioned and equipped with a microphone.
The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.
Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed.
Conditions:The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of this tour for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: timothy p, December 2016
Great guide, good driver.
Reviewed by: OPUSDENTALLAB, June 2015
EXCELLECT TOUR, WELL INFORMED GUIDE.