5 Of The Best Things To Do In Al Ain, UAE

Stargazing under hundreds of stars, desert life in Al Ain is just one of many activities made for romantic and curious travelers. 

Known as the Garden City of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is the biggest inland hub of the Emirates. Situated about 90 minutes by car, Al Ain has developed into a lovely getaway for even locals alike. With unique experiences including stargazing in the dessert, visiting ancient forts and strolling through an oasis full of soaring palm trees; Al Ain is unquestionably a destination all on its own.

Al Ain Oasis

Al Tuhaf St - Central District - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Spreading over 1,200 hectares of Al Ain, the lush Al Ain Oasis is a lush example of a “Green City.” Situated 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi, the oasis exists in the desert, and showcases 147,000 palm trees, 100 varieties of plants and vegetations. Visitors can also study the falaj – an old irrigation system. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also UAE’s oldest inhabited settlement.

Al Ain Oasis
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Al Ain Palace Museum

Hessa Bint Mohamed St - Central District - Al Mutawaa - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Next to Al Ain Oasis is the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, or Al Ain Palace Museum where travelers can learn about UAE’s founding father. The structure was built in 1910 and it was home of the “Father of the Nation” as well as his family. Gardens, bedrooms, courtyards, meeting rooms all make this palace museum a fascinating look inside the lives of royals.

Al Ain Camel Market

5R67+R4V - Cattle Market, Zayed Bin Sultan Road, Al Ain - Al Noud - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Stop by Al Ain Camel Souk to experience a traditional animal market in Meyzad – near the Oman border. Camel trade has been a part of the Arabic culture for centuries, at this vibrant market, visitors can witness how it’s done. Hot tip! Females should dress conservatively since the souk has long been a male-oriented place. For all visitors, be respectful to the camels as you take photos at the souk.

Al Ain Camel Market in Abu Dhabi
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Jebel Hafit Desert Park

2RVR+H2J - Mazyad - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Who has never dreamed of camping in the desert? Out in Jebel Hafit Desert Park, that dream will surely come true! During the Neolithic Period, the Indian Ocean’s monsoon traveled north and shifted the climate with more rain which eventually created lakes. Later, this area transformed into deserts where nomads voyaged through with their cattle and sheep. Nowadays, the park offers tents for those who yearn to indulge in the serenity of arid landscapes; from sunsets, stargazing to sunrise the next morning!

Souq Al Zafarana

6PPC+R49 - Al Jimi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

The UAE is certainly renowned for its malls and markets, or locally referred to as souks (souqs.) In Al Ain, you’ll want to pop by Souk Al Zafarana where souvenir-shopping is fragrant and fun. Here, you’ll be able to browse through spices, Arabian coffee, textiles, incense, henna…and much more. For women, don’t forget to check out Mubdia Village which is completely staffed by women since this section is completely catered to female shoppers.

Souk Al Zafarana
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Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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