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.