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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want to see beyond Abu Dhabi's high-rises and beaches, a trip to Al Ain will hit the spot. It’s a laid-back place where you can ease down and discover a more traditional side of the UAE.

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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

Ana Carolina O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very nice tour. The place is beautiful, the guide was kind, the lunch at the hotel was perfect!
Highly recommended.

ARTEMIS P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Beautiful trip, a lot of history about Abu Dhabi Royal Family. Lovely.

baboolalneil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

LOVE the country,s rich history.LOVED it.Must do.

Roger G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was excellent. Everything worked well and guide Majid did a very good job. We had a one day stopover and this tour gave us a comprehensive introduction to Abu Dhabi.

travel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Worth the money. Great tour guide!

travel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour guide, enthusiastic, knowledgable at a steady pace.

Judith G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

If you have only a full day to spend in Abu Dhabi, this is the way to go.

Michela P Italy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Giornata molto piacevole, paesaggi da sogno e buon cibo. La guida era molto preparata e il ritmo del tour sostenibile e rilassante. Vedere il confine con l'Oman e le montagne ci ha donato grandi emozioni.

Dee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent! I was very fortunate to have Rodney as my driver/ guide and he was brilliant! His knowledge was extensive and he made it a relaxing, interesting and informative day. Al Ain and Jabel Hafeet are wonderful places and make the 1.5 hour journey from Abu Dhabi definitely worthwhile. The lunch at the Alya Hotel was amazing as was the view over Oman/Al Ain from the top of Jabel Hafeet.

evelynm001

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent day out fabulous English speaking guide who was very informative. Excellent lunch.

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