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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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. 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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, 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.

Reviews

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f
, Jan 2018

Excellent tour-pick up from hotel on time guide was informative

J
, Jan 2018

Great pick up service. The drive through the desert to Al Ain was fascinating with interesting commentary from the tour guide throughout the drive. Visiting the mountains bordering Oman to see the oasis was breathtaking, date farm was interesting with ability to buy great dates.
Overall a great tour with only a few minor issues. Maybe too many sites to visit in one day making it a very long day, people attending the tour should be considerate of others and return to the bus at expected time rather than make people wait
The camel market could be missed as its expensive not an extra cost and yields little

p
, Nov 2017

A good tour with a knowledgeable guide and well organized itinerary.

t
, Dec 2016

Great guide, good driver.

T
, Nov 2016

Very nice trip in comfortable air conditioned bus. Visited everything except the actual archialogical site that was described in the information.

O
, Jun 2015

EXCELLECT TOUR, WELL INFORMED GUIDE.

f
, Apr 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.

A
, Apr 2015

I enjoyed this trip but disappointed that we did not go up the mountain. We only stopped shortly by the hot spring within the park on the bottom of the mountain. I got this mainly because I thought we would go up the mountain.

Besides that I enjoyed the tour.

s
, Apr 2015

This was a very good tour that got us outside Dubai. We had a most enjoyable time seeing a garden city in the desert. The visit to the camel market and seeing racing camels was most enjoyable as was the visit to the mountain hot springs. A good lunch too. One complaint. We had to be transferred some distance to meet up with the main bus and needed to pick up other travellers on the way. The problem is that there was restricted room in the back of the transfer vehicle - very uncomfortable for someone like me withy two titanium knees. .. !!! Other than this, a good day out to a more traditional desert town...

A
, Dec 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.


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