Al Ain Zoo

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Families should head to Al Ain Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals, and enjoy up-close giraffe feeding, camel riding and the inviting Elezba petting zoo. This spacious and well-kept zoo is the region's largest and most acclaimed, with transparent enclosures home to indigenous and exotic species including Arabian oryx, the big-horned Barbary sheep, rhinos, hippos, tigers, lions and more.

This lush zoo's well-respected conservation and breeding programme protects and preserves rare fauna from extinction, with highlights including a fascinating walk-through lemur experience. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics, as well as playgrounds, cafés and restaurants to pick up a bite. There's also a train tour of the wildlife area. Entry to Al Ain Zoo costs AED 30 entry fee for adults and AED 10 for children.

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, housed in the zoo in a beautiful building boasting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, is a fantastic place to learn more about the UAE's natural environment. Five interactive galleries showcase the country's rich history and future-forward ideas, encouraging visitors to reconsider their relationship with the environment and adopt more sustainable lifestyles. For something really unique, book an Al Ain Safari. Led by passionate Emirati guides, it covers an impressive 217 hectares of land along the base of the majestic Jebel Hafit mountain range, offering you a glimpse of African lions, white rhinos, ostrich, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, kudu, critically endangered or extinct-in-the-wild scimitar oryx, addax and more. In line with the vision of the UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Ain Safari plays a prominent role in conservation, setting a benchmark for future conservation projects in the region. End your evening with a Dinner with the Lions, enjoying a sumptuous meal on the edge of the park's lion territory.