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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Al Ain City Sightseeing Tour - The Garden City

Surround yourself with the greenery and sights of the ‘Garden City’ of Al Ain on this full-day tour from Dubai! Board an air-conditioned coach and cross the desert to this lovely, relaxed city cradled by the jagged Hajar Mountains on the Omani border. Discover its history from your guide, and see its Bronze Age relics, picture-postcard Al Jahili Fort, former royal palace, two museums and ‘falaj’ irrigation channels. Cool your feet in the hot springs beneath Jebel Hafeet mountain and then finish with a visit to the traditional camel market!


  • 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

Leave your centrally located Dubai hotel in an air-conditioned coach and enjoy the desert views on your way to Al Ain. Known as the 'Garden City' for its green parks, this lovely city nestles near the Hajar Mountains on the border with Oman.

After roughly 1.5 hours, stop at the Hili Archaeological Park, home to Bronze Age remains. See the relics of settlements dating from 2,500 to 400 BC, and a tomb from the 3rd century BC, whose walls are engraved with carvings.

Continue to Al Ain National Museum to admire its Bronze Age exhibits and reconstruction of the Hili Tomb. Then, visit Al Jahili Fort, one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. Explore this beautiful, crenelated fort, built in 1891, and discover its historic role of guarding Al Ain’s oasis.

Next, delve into Al Ain Oasis and see the falaj (irrigation channels) that weave between the palm trees. These over-ground channels flow with water from boreholes and are based on a system that has been used in Arabia for thousands for years.

After a lunch stop (own expense), visit Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, the former residence of the UAE’s late founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed. Then, drive to the foot of Jebel Hafeet, the 4,098-foot (1,249-meter) mountain that looms over the city. See the hot springs that gush up here and perhaps cool your feet in the streams.

Finish at the Camel Market, where locals bring their camels, goat and sheep to sell. Get close up to the camels and as you explore, hear the traders negotiating the prices for their animals.

Afterward, travel back Dubai and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

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

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


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.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Amazing day trip, must go!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Very interesting tour

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

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

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

A thoroughly worthwhile and informative day. Excellent tour guide.
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