Drive 90-minutes inland from downtown Abu Dhabi and you'll discover Al Ain, a garden city, one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't forget your phone when visiting this green region because it's filled with visual gems and characterful sights perfect for photos.
In Al Ain city, you're surrounded by lush and ancient oases interlinked with shaded pathways to stroll along. You can wander through historical forts and archaeological parks where you can discover ancient artefacts. If you have an appetite for culture, you'll be amazed by the old-world palaces dotted across the area. There's even a charming camel market and vibrant souks (markets) selling authentic Emirati crafts, spices, carpets, perfumes and more.
The pride of the nation
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Take in the stunning environment of Al Ain Oasis, a beautiful green haven nourished by an ancient irrigation system.
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Frequently asked questions about Al Ain
What is the city of Al Ain?
Is Al Ain in Dubai or Abu Dhabi?
Is Al Ain a good place to live?
Is Al Ain part of Dubai?
No, Al Ain is a city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
What is Al Ain known for?
Al Ain is known for its sprawling oasis which is watered via an ancient irrigation system called falaj. The system still runs to this day. Jebel Hafit, Abu Dhabi's tallest peak is also in Al Ain.