OVERVIEW OF AL AIN
Al Ain was once a vital oasis in the caravan route from the UAE to Oman, and is the birthplace of Abu Dhabi's ruling Al Nahyan family. There are many words that describe the city of Al Ain including "Garden City," "The Spring" and "Oasis City." The Garden City was adopted given the many oases, parks, tree-lined avenues and decorative roundabouts within the city. Meaning "The Spring" in Arabic, Al Ain city is fed by natural springs and set among lush oases and towering palm plantations, giving birth to it the city?s third common nickname, the Oasis City.
The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
Standing at approximately 1450 meters high, Jebel Hafeet is the second tallest mountain in the United Arab Emirate. The mountain was a well-known landmark throughout the area's history and today, attracts many who are search for a spectacular view of the region - especially at sunset. Take the opportunity to drive along what has once been described as "one of the world's greatest driving roads."
Home to an international standard go-kart circuit and hosting popular events including the 2007 Rotax Max World Karting Finals, go-karting has become a popular activity for both tourists and locals alike in Al Ain.
Other Fun Things To Do
Visit the camel market – Come face to face with a camel, as these enormous animals are brought together to be sold or traded. Watch and listen as traders upsell their prized possessions followed by lively negotiations.
Visit the Souk – A visit to a traditional souk will give you a fascinating insight into the culture of the city. The Al Ain Souk and the Souk Al Zafarana are two fascinating places where you can savor the local atmosphere and perhaps practice your bargaining skills on local goods.
See one of the biggest oases in the region – If you need a place to simply take a deep breath and relax, the Al Ain Oasis is the place to be. This impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations and also gives you a look into the falaj, the UAE’s traditional irrigation systems.
Explore history and heritage – From the Al Ain National Museum and Al Ain Palace Museum to the Heritage Village at Al Ain Sportplex, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the traditional lifestyle of Al Ain.
Shopping For Bargains
Al Ain has thee major malls. The Al Ain Mall, the largest mall in the area is located in the town center and the largest mall in the area; Al-Jimi Mall in the Al-Jimi District and the Bawadi Mall located in the Al-Khrair District. For souvenir shopping and unique, hand-made products, head to the Town Centre Area.
Al Ain's currency is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED). When dining, most restaurant bills will include an additional 10% service charge and another 10% municipality tax. If a price is 'net,' this means that all taxes and service charges have been included. Also, when taking a taxi, it is customary to round the fare up to the nearest dirham.