Tour code: 2168DXB004
Discover the delightful, mountain-backed city of Al Ain on this full-day trip from Dubai. Called the Garden City for its lush parks, this picturesque city lies beneath the Hajar Mountains near the Oman border and offers up forts and attractions that recall a bygone age. See the Bronze Age ruins at the archaeological park and explore two museums, the former royal palace and charming Al Jahili fort. Finish with stops at the warm springs, the camel market and the oasis to see the falaj (water channels) that irrigate the palms.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Al Ain from Dubai with an expert guide
  • Visit the UAE’s ‘Garden City’, famed for its green parks and gardens
  • Enjoy scenic views of the Hajar Mountains on the UAE-Oman border
  • View the Bronze Age relics at the Hili Archaeological Park
  • Visit Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
  • See the camel market, Jebel Hafeet hot springs, and the falaj channels of Al Ain Oasis
  • Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Al Ain City Sightseeing Tour - The Garden City

Drive through the desert to explore Al Ain on this full-day tour

After pickup from your central Dubai hotel, settle into your air-conditioned coach. Then, sit back and absorb the desert views as you head to Al Ain. Dubbed the Garden City for its green parks, this attractive city is fringed by the Hajar Mountains near the Oman border.

After approximately 1.5 hours on the road, pull up at the Hili Archaeological Park outside the city, home to the remains of a Bronze Age settlement that dates to the 3rd millennium century BC.

Inspect the relics of mud-brick houses and tombs, and then continue into Al Ain proper to visit the 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. Then, head for 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.

Next, 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.

Following lunch (own expense), visit 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.

Having explored here, visit the hot springs below Jebel Hafeet, the mountain that towers over the city. Perhaps paddle in the waters, and then stop at the bustling Camel Market. See the camels and mingle with the locals as they inspect and haggle over the prized livestock.

Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off in Dubai.

Please note: the order of activities above may be subject to change on the actual day of the tour.

Customer Reviews

OPUSDENTALLAB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

EXCELLECT TOUR, WELL INFORMED GUIDE.

francoise s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very interesting and exotic trip in Al Ain with many well organized tours . The guide was very knowledgeable and efficient. Thank you to him and his team. A beautiful day and a lot of memories.

Azma H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was an eventful trip overall. It was a little long drive but to get to see the country side was a welcome change. Our guide Yana was very knowledgable.

Brian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Nice cultural experience. Learned lots and was in the middle of the dessert and got to see what an oasis looks like.

win4768a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Amazing day trip, must go!

Thomas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Very interesting tour

Dorothy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Excellent !!! The guide and driver were most knowledgeable and willing to help in any way. Every phase of this trip was perfedt

Petronio B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Al Ain is just beautiful. I really enjoyed the tour.

MOSHIUR and SHAMMI United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

The Al Ain tour started off with full sun above the sky. Owe tour guide was very informed, it was like he was a human wikipedia. The city is Known as the Garden City. \We went to the Al Ain Museum was very interesting, this is one of the most important museums in the UAE. Then we went to a traditional falaj irrigation system were fresh spring water is found. Great Tour.

Adrian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

A thoroughly worthwhile and informative day. Excellent tour guide.
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