Immerse yourself in Al Ain's history by visiting its many forts. First, head to the impressive Al Jahili Fort, birthplace of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and see the permanent display of the work of British explorer Wilfred Thesiger. Next head to the landscaped gardens of Al Ain's oldest fort - Muraijib Fort - built in 1816. The more adventurous may cross the Omani border into Buraimi to explore Hili Fort.
Al Ain National Museum is varied enough to take up a full afternoon. Start your tour with a look through the archaeology section, which contains several artefacts from the nearby forts that you will have visited in the morning. Next head to the museum's gifts section to see a collection of gifts given to the late Sheikh Zayed. End with the ethnography section which has a huge collection of Bedouin jewellery, musical instruments, weapons and a reconstruction of a traditional majlis.
Set out late afternoon and head towards the towering Jebel Hafeet. If you time it well, you can enjoy the sunset while driving up one of the world's most incredible roads. Before you reach the top, turn off for a break at the Mercure Hotel.
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