Al Ain – the Garden City of UAE
Surrounded by the splendid sand dunes of Al Ain oasis and the magnificent stretches of soaring mountains, Al Ain, also known as ‘Garden City of Emirates’ has so much to offer on your UAE holidays. Come and visit this traditional land of Abu Dhabi, located approximately 150 km east of Abu Dhabi and 140 km from Dubai. The greenest of all the Emirates, Al Ain is one of the oldest settlements in the UAE. An authentic heritage destination in Abu Dhabi Emirate, Al Ain truly preserves its traditions and cultural heritage, and also the Emirati spirit.
One of the major tourist destinations in the UAE, an Al Ain city sightseeing tour covers the top attractions of Al Ain like Jebel Hafeet – rising at 1,240 meters, this is the second-highest peak in the UAE, and Al Ain Camel Market – gives you an excellent opportunity to see camels up close. Other top attractions of Al Ain Al includes Al Jahili Fort, Ain Oasis, Palace of Sheikh Zayed, Al Ain Zoo, Fun City, Al Ain National Museum, Wadi Adventure, and more. Drive towards the city by soaking in glimpses of the beautiful sand dunes from the highway! No wonder Al Ain is a favorite weekend tourist spot for many Emiratis.
Al Ain Zoo
Located in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet Mountains, and just one-and-half hours away from Dubai, traveling to Al Ain from Dubai is easy, and comprises of a scenic drive along the oasis of Al Ain. Opened in 1969, Al Ain Zoo is one of UAE’s largest animal enclosures, comprising both local as well as other exotic animals. A day-trip to Al Ain Zoo calls for a delightful day-out, and is definitely one of the best fun things to do in Al Ain with kids. Visitors of Al Ain Zoo will be able to indulge in some action-packed entertainment, and revel in a memorable day-out filled with fun and adventure, during their weekend getaways.
Al Ain Zoo not only provides ample entertainment, but also offers a fun learning experience amidst a natural environment home to over 4,000 different species of animals mainly comprising of endemic animals like the Oryx and the Arabian antelope, as well as Eland antelopes and African gazelles. Al Ain Zoo also features a massive cat house, home to tigers, lions, black and spotted leopards, pumas and jaguars. What’s more, there is also a reptile house, aviary section and monkey compound in the zoo.
Visitors can also savour some memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences like riding a pony or camel, giraffe feeding, and popular bird shows and parrot shows amongst others.
Al Ain Zoo location map:
Al Ain Zoo timing:
October to April:
Sat to Wed: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu and Fri: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
May to September: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Eid: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Al Ain Zoo Entry Fee:
Adult – AED 30
Children (aged 3 to 12) – AED 10
Children under 3 – Free
Places to visit in Al Ain:
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain National Museum, Hili Archaeological Park, Hili Fun City, Al Ain Oasis
Hotels in Al Ain:
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