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Private Tour: Full day Al-Ain City Sightseeing with Lunch from Dubai

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Discover the UAE’s pretty garden town of Al-Ain on a private day trip from Dubai! Framed by the craggy Hajar Mountains and lush gardens, Al-Ain is one of the country’s oldest towns, with a Bronze Age past. Traveling by air-conditioned minibus with your private guide, cruise through the desert to this lovely town, and visit its colorful camel market and interesting Sheik Zayed Palace Museum, once home to the UAE’s late Sheikh Zayed.
  • 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
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide
Start your experience with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Meet your guide, settle into your private air-conditioned vehicle, and set out on your day trip to Al-Ain, often known as the Garden City.

As you travel, hear about the history of this picturesque town from your guide. One of the oldest towns in the UAE, Al-Ain lies at the foot of the Hajar Mountains and is known for its lush gardens and tree-lined boulevards. While you chat with your guide, let them know if there’s anything you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can tailored to suit you.

After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, drink in the sight of the craggy mountain peaks, and pass Al-Ain’s green parks on route to your first stop — the Sheik Zayed Palace Museum. The former home of the UAE’s late first president, His Highness Sheikh Zayed, this museum gives you an absorbing insight into the still-revered ruler. Step inside to view the beautiful interiors, artworks, meeting rooms and gardens, and learn more about the great man and his life.

Get a taste of old-time Arabia on a stroll around the enclosures of Al-Ain’s camel market. See the braying camels and take in the fascinating sight of the hawkers’ as they negotiate over their valuable animals.

Enjoy a break for lunch in town (own expense), and 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Al Ain
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Al Jahili Fort
After approximately 1.5 hours on the road, 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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oasenstadt Al Ain
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.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
Following lunch, 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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jebel Hafeet
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.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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The guide was excellent but as the...
novotny
, Mar 2015
The guide was excellent but as the tour was taken on Monday, all museums were closed. The tour lasted 6 hours and not advertised 9.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. We have forwarded your feedback to the concerned department for corrective action. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
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This is an expensive tour and the...
JT
, Oct 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.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. We have forwarded your feedback to the concerned department for corrective action. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
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En fantastisk tur og oplevelse. Vi...
Ulla S
, Feb 2016
En fantastisk tur og oplevelse. Vi havde vore helt egen chauffør, som kørte meget professionelt og vores helt egen private guide som informerede og underholdte vores lille familie på fire personer en hel dag. Vi så alt det vi havde drømt om af ørken, daddelpalmer, historiske monumenter og ikke mindst kameler. Alt i alt en oplevelse, som kan anbefales. Det er dyrt, men vil man opleve noget af det originale fra Emiraterne, samt lære lidt undervejs er det alle pengene værd.

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