• Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Discover the picturesque city of Al Ain on a day trip from Abu Dhabi. Travel through the desert to the ‘Garden City,’ framed by the rugged Hajar Mountains. Chart the city’s history at Al Ain National Museum; visit the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum; and witness the water channels that irrigate the palm groves. Gain insight into traditional life at the markets and camel race circuit; and admire city views from nearby Jebel Hafeet mountain. Dip your feet into Al Ain’s springs and seal your trip with an included buffet lunch.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi with a local guide
  • Explore the UAE’s oasis “Garden City,” known for its green parks
  • Visit Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
  • See the traditional falaj water channels amid the oasis palms
  • Travel up Jebel Hafeet mountain for epic city views
  • Walk around a food market, camel racetrack and mountain springs
  • Savor a buffet lunch of international cuisine at a 4-star hotel

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What You Can Expect

Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch

Escape the fast pace of Abu Dhabi with a visit to Al Ain

Leave your central Abu Dhabi in the morning by air-conditioned coach, and travel through the desert toward Al Ain, located near the UAE-Oman border.

Often dubbed the ‘Garden City,’ this picturesque town is one of the UAE’s oldest and lies at the foot of the craggy Hajar Mountains. During your journey, hear about Al Ain’s past, and how the discovery of ancient tools and burial mounds nearby has revealed that people settled here as far back as in Bronze Age times.

Pass the lush gardens and tree-lined avenues on the outskirts as you head for Al Ain National Museum. Go inside and enjoy a tour of the historical exhibits and some of the Bronze Age relics displayed nearby. 

Drive to the intriguing Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, home of the UAE’s late founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed. Step inside to ogle the beautiful interiors, art gallery, meeting rooms and gardens.

Then, visit three top Al Ain attractions — the camel racing circuit and the livestock market and food market — for a peek into the daily rituals and dealings of its citizens. 

See the ‘falaj’ channels dug to transport water around the date palms, and hear how this simple system has been used to irrigate crops for thousands of years.

Drive the winding roads up the high slopes of Jebel Hafeet, the 4,098-foot (1,249-meter) mountain that towers over Al Ain. Stop here to drink in the bird’s-eye views over the city and the surrounding peaks.

Then, head back down to the hot springs in the foothills. Soak up the gorgeous scenery and perhaps cool your toes in the springs. Then, relax over lunch at a local hotel. Dig into buffet dishes such as grilled meat and fish, and enjoy drinks at your own expense.

Your experience finishes with a drop-off back at your Abu Dhabi hotel.

Customer Reviews

Louisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour was outstanding in every way. Our guide picked us up at our hotel. There were only 4 of us which allowed our guide to create the perfect tour. His knowledge of history and the most important areas to see was amazing. He even took the time to take us out into the beautiful desert and to see the camels being trained to race. I totally encourage anyone with an interest in touring this beautiful and fascinating place to book this tour.

Julie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is a great tour because it's outside of the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai....It seemed, in a sense, to be a more authentic experience because of the emphasis on the natural landscape - from the Oasis, to the dunes, to the climb up the mountain. You get a sense of how royalty lived pre-oil, or shortly after the discovery of oil with the visit to Sheikh Zayed's former home before he became president. And, if you have kids - they'll like it. I went alone with my kids who are 5 and 8.

maurizio s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This trip to a town very different from bustling Abu Dhabi is a must-do for anyone interested in having a look into the past of the country and into real Emirates. The tour reflects 100 listed in the programme, and the guide Tomy was very professional and informative, besides being fluent both in English and German. In the old palace of Al Ain can feel the flavour of a past gone forever, while the ethnographic section of the national museum is of great interest. The camel market is simply exciting, and the view from Jebel Hafeet is wonderful. The lunch provided plenty of delicious food. Maybe we would have loved to spend some more time at some location, but there are really lots of sightseeing in the programme, and we would also not have lost any of them. I take this opportunity to commend the driver of our bus who, after having dropped us at the hotel, at 10 pm drove back good 20 km to bring me back my mobile phone that I had inadvertently left in the bus: thank you once more, our kindness and honesty reflect great credit upon you and your agency, who was very helpful in getting me in touch with you. An highly recommended excursion!

Carol F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Nizar transported 3 of us in a safe, timely, friendly, and informative manner to the sights, each better than the last. Be aware that the map and signage at the Oasis are not very explicit, the route is not straight like shown- get name and number of gate. The mountain drive is jaw dropping and the green bbq park gave me the oportunity to interact with an amazing family that offered to share their food after I complimented them on the aroma. And there is nothing more fun than interacting with hundreds of curious camels. Go.

Suzan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I had one day in Abu Dhabi to spare so signed up for this tour. Breathtaking fantastic day away from the main city. Small coach, only half full so not overcrowded, which was great. Saw a bit of the desert, the camels which were ever so cuddly, the fort and museum. Definitely a day for those wanting more culture rather than just mickey mouse style glam and glitz. Tour company was very organised and professional, kept me updated re pick up times and location and also answered my email queries very quickly within a few hours. Definitely recommend this one for anyone with a day to spare who is interested in the more traditional cultural side of the Emirates. I will be using this tour operator for more trips when I return in the future.

Anthony M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great trip. Great guide who went the extra mile and who provided excellent commentary.

ROBERT p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

My first visit to Al Ain. Worth the trip guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable. There is a need to remind oneself that while the culture is old, permanent structures are younger than many would expect.

Equipegt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This is a must do ,full day out brilliant guide ,lovely buffet lunch .stops for tea or coffee on way and back ,mountain views incredible

Moneeza K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Fantastic tour with a fantastic tour guide, really interesting and great to be shown around beautiful Al-Ain with someone so enthusiastic

LENA D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This is a fantastic tour. Our driver and guide Mr K.Gafoor was excellent.
He has shown us a lot and gave us a lot of explanation. AL AIN is definitely worth the visit and the viator tour is definitely high recommended. Thanks a lot to Mr K.Gafoor and the good organization of Viator !

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