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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Visit Al-Ain, the United Arab Emirates' lush Garden City, on a day trip from Dubai with a private guide! Flanked by mountains, deserts and greenery, Al-Ain is one of the country’s most picturesque cities and boasts impressive history to boot. Learn about it on a tour, and visit its three big-name sites: Sheik Zayed Palace Museum, Al-Ain Camel Market and Hili Archeological Park. If there is something else you want to see, let your guide know; the itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to your interests.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of Al-Ain with transport from Dubai
  • Learn all about the UAE’s Garden City from a knowledgeable private guide
  • Visit Sheik Zayed Palace Museum to explore the former UAE president’s home
  • Explore Al-Ain Camel Market and see camels traded from all around the gulf
  • Walk around Hili Archeological Park to see its Bronze Age excavations
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Al-Ain City Sightseeing with Transport from Dubai

Visit the largest camel market in the UAE!

Leave your Dubai hotel with your private guide and travel through the desert that surrounds the city, toward the towering Hajar Mountains. As you travel, sit back and relax as your guide chats to you about your destination of the day: Al-Ain or, as the locals know it, the Garden City.

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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Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

A good trip with an excellent guide.

3 star rating: Worth doing 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.

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