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Al Ain

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.

A couple and their daughter exploring Qasr Al Muwaiji
Qasr Al Muwaiji
The pride of the nation
The beautiful Qasr Al Muwaiji fort has been carefully preserved and masterfully restored into a state-of-the-art museum and exhibition that brings to life the story of Abu Dhabi's ruling family.
A couple walking between palm trees in the lush green oasis of Al Ain
Al Ain Oasis

Explore natural history

Take in the stunning environment of Al Ain Oasis, a beautiful green haven nourished by an ancient irrigation system.

Step into the past
Two couples and a desert buggy enjoying outdoor activities in Al Ain
Jebel Hafit Desert Park
Welcome to the great outdoors
Set at the foot of a craggy mountain range, Jebel Hafit Desert Park lets you ride a camel, bike up a mountain, take a buggy for a spin and glamp under the stars in an air-conditioned bubble tent, all in the same day.

Frequently asked questions about Al Ain

Al Ain is a city east of the city of Abu Dhabi and borders the country of Oman.

Al Ain is the fourth largest city in the UAE and is part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al Ain is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements. It has a vibrant cultural scene and is much quieter and slower than the bustling streets of downtown Abu Dhabi.

No, Al Ain is a city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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.

Al Ain translates to 'The Spring' in English.