Nicknamed “The Garden City”, set among an Oasis, boasting the kind of plantation which makes it difficult to believe, it to be located in a desert is the city of Al Ain. Situated at a mere two hours’ drive East of Abu Dhabi, it is the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlement and an UNESCO heritage site. Surrounded by seven Oasis, Al Ain was known as Buraimi Oasis historically. The city has many feathers in its cap. It is the birthplace of “The Father of the Nation” Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan, whose previous home, the Al Ain Palace has been converted into a museum to showcase all historical artifacts which were a part of the lives of the royal family. History and modernization run parallel in the city. For history buffs the city is a treasure trove of learning, starting with the three thousand year old falaj irrigation system still intact and in place. In Hili Archeological Park, one can be thrilled to see the remains of settlements and tombs from the Umm Al Nar period dating back five thousand years back. The Al Jahili fort, built in 1890 hosts a brilliant tourism center, and a permanent photography display by Sir Wilfred Thesiger , taken in 1940 showcasing the Empty desert then . Wadi Adventure the only man made water sport park here not only has attractions like water rafting, kayaking, and surfing, but also boasts of the world’s largest manmade surf wave and world’s longest kayaking channel. For families with kids, Al Ain Zoo is a must watch place. Housing more than four thousand animals , the zoo also has many bird shows and other activities like giraffe feeding and a petting zoo called “Elzeba”. Being an important part of Abu Dhabi, finding accommodation in Al Ain is not a problem at all.The hotels in Al Ain cater to all budget groups including, 5 star properties to budget hotels and guest houses. Rated as the best hotel is Al Ain Rotana hotel ,a 5 star property followed by Hilton Al Ain. For people looking for budget hotels in Al Ain and hostels, Al Massa hotel 1 is a well rated 3 star property. For families looking for apartments, Al Massa Hotel apartment offers a family unit with a well equipped kitchen and balcony. Asfar Resorts Al Ain offers self –catering resort suites with balconies.