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Some Interesting Places of Al-Ain
Al-Ain Green Mabazzar Park is a 30-minute drive from Jebel Hafeet Mountain. The park, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, offers various activities for visitors.
The park has hot springs, pools, lakes, restaurants, mini-trains that can be rented for a pleasant pastime. Local landscapes will undoubtedly appeal to all nature lovers who also love to climb the Rocky Mountains.
You can also ride camels or horses in the park, which brings an unforgettable experience. On the playground, you can leave your kids, who will be completely safe here.
Unfortunately, due to the influx of a vast number of tourists, cleanliness in the park, and especially in its foothill areas, is not maintained.
Oasis Al Ain
Oasis Al Ain is a small oasis district located in the heart of the city. In this palm paradise, you can hide from the bustle of the town and the hot sun.
Previously, the oasis, which is broken near the Museum-Palace, was the personal garden of the ruler of the country. Date palm farms still work on palm plantations, where you can look at functioning samples of traditional irrigation systems used to supply water from underground sources.
Now in the area, there are many beautiful ponds, sculptures, and beautiful examples of landscape architecture. In addition to all this, museums, hot springs, a zoo, an aquarium, an ice rink, and the Fan City amusement park work on the territory of the oasis. Here you can also climb Mount Jebel Hafeet, from where a broad panorama of the surroundings opens.
Al-Ain Zoo was founded in 1968. After a major reconstruction in 2006, it became one of the largest in the UAE and the Middle East, with an area of about 400 hectares. The zoo is surrounded by greenery, there is a peaceful atmosphere, which is ideal for relaxing in the shade of flowering gardens or palm trees. Al-Ain became home to many animals living in Africa, Australia, India, and the Middle East. Here you can see monkeys, kangaroos, gazelles, tigers, snakes, as well as rare Arabian gemsboks.
The zoo is divided into several zones – a cat’s house, a reptile’s house, and a house of night inhabitants. In the first of them are leopards, panthers, tigers, and lions that gracefully walk around the aviary, drink some water from an artificial pond and smoothly climb the rocks. In the reptile house, you can watch iguanas, turtles, snakes, and lizards found in terrariums and aquariums. The home of night inhabitants has become a haven for animals and birds of the desert, leading a nocturnal lifestyle, here you can meet – owls, hedgehogs, rodents and Arabian wild cats. For their comfortable existence, the “dwellings” are darkened, only a weak backlight is applied.
Mount Jebel Hafeet
Jebel Hafeet is the second highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. The mountain is listed by UNESCO as a candidate for the natural wonders of the world. When laying a mountain road to the top of Jebel Hafit, fossils of shells, corals, skeletons of fish were discovered – all this indicates that several million years ago, the sea splashed at this place.
One of the main attractions of Mount Jebel Hafeet is the hot springs, the rest of which is enjoyable and healthy. A 12-kilometer serpentine leads to the top of the mountain – a favorite place for cyclists. By 2013, it is planned to finish work on the snowy track, which will be the longest in the world – 2.6 kilometers.
Climbing Mount Jebel Hafeet is possible at any time of the year.
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Healy’s Great Tomb
Healy’s Great Tomb is a fantastic guest from the past. This pyramid is more than 4 thousand years old. Many human remains were found in it – more than 200. In those days, it was believed that death was a new journey because most of their personal belongings were buried with people – jewelry, dishes, and clothes.
The Healy pyramid itself is even older than the Cheops pyramid. To multiply all its beauty and emphasize grandeur, in 1974, the tomb was restored, and a magnificent park was located around it.
Not far from Hili Gardens and Fun City, a whole group of round tombs and several stones and brick houses of the same period as the pyramid itself were discovered.
Fort Al Jahili
Al-Jahili Fort is the birthplace of the founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, and one of Abu Dhabi’s most famous historical buildings.
The fort was built in 1891 to protect the city and its beautiful palm groves. Also, at one time, the fort served as the residence of the local ruler when the building was the headquarters of the Scouts of the Treaty of Oman. Initially, the structure consisted of two buildings, a round tower, and a square. Near the fort was a mosque.
Now the fort hosts exhibitions by Sir Wilfred Thesiger, a British traveler who traveled through the Rub-Al-Khali Desert in 1940. The building also houses a tourist information center and an audio-visual installation dedicated to the history of Al Ain.
The fort can be visited every day except Saturdays. The ticket price for adults is 1 dirham
Al-Ain National Museum
The Al Ain National Museum is the oldest museum in the UAE, telling visitors about the most interesting artifacts found in the city and throughout the country. The museum consists of archaeological and ethnographic departments.
In the museum, you can learn about the traditions and culture of the country, see the ancient tools of work and life, which are shown in the museum in a strict chronological order. The museum exhibits musical instruments, gold bracelets, weapons, coins, as well as valuable information on oil production, traditions of falconry, etc.
The museum also includes the East Fort, which was built in 1910. The construction consists of 4 rooms and three towers. One of the towers houses an observation deck
This museum is the oldest on the Persian Peninsula. It consists of the department of ethnography and archeology. Sheikh Zayd ibn Sultan al-Nahyan, being the President of the UAE, cared about the preservation of cultural traditions, and that is why he decided to build a museum.
The first section introduces visitors to the culture and traditions of the country. The second is dedicated to the period of history from the Stone Age to the emergence of Islamic culture.
This museum was once the residence of the president of the country. It consists of several courtyards, once divided into female and male halves, with many halls and high watchtowers.
The palace was built in 1937 and until 1966 served Sheikh Zayed ibn Sultan Al-Nahyan as a home, and since 2011 it became a museum. Sheikh Zayd ibn Sultan al-Nahyan is hugely revered in the UAE – it was during his reign (40 years) that the country became an earthly paradise, and the former poor camel drivers became the wealthiest people on the planet.
Everything in this palace complex remained the same as it was during the life of the sheik. There is the Koran’s hall, where family members recited prayers, the old sheik’s bedchamber, where the young heirs to the throne studied, an audience room decorated in the traditional Arabic style, with pillows for sitting, a place for treating guests. The museum has a vibrant art gallery, including portraits of members of the royal family. Around the palace, there is a wide shaded veranda, and in the courtyard, there is a palace kitchen, water sources, pantries with supplies
Hili Fun City Amusement Park
The Hili Fun City amusement park has more than 30 fascinating attractions: attractions for all age categories, amphitheaters, children’s playgrounds, large and small pools, slides of varying complexity, beautiful shaded gardens where you can comfortably sit for a family picnic.
In the fresh air, after fun entertainment, you will definitely want to eat. There are nine stalls in the entertainment park where you can buy sandwiches, popcorn, sweet corn, ice cream, cold and hot drinks. The restaurants serve hamburgers, kebabs, fish fillets, and cold beverages.
The amusement park, opened in 1985, is considered the first Gulf theme park.
The camel market is a unique exotic place where you can see camels and camels of all possible colors, breeds, and sizes. The market is not very pleasant smells, because it is inevitable with a large concentration of animals, but it is here that you can travel to the distant past of Arabia. The market is located in the open. On the way to it, you will surely meet one of the locals who want to show you everything for a fee.
At the camel market, you can see camels and camels locked in aviaries, who are utterly indifferent to the curiosity of tourists and local residents. By the way, camels are valued much more expensive than males, and running camels are considered the most costly.
Many Bedouins come here to look for a strong male of a particular breed, as well as residents of large cities who want to buy an animal individually for participation in competitions. Loud auctions, colorful outfits of local residents, and a peculiar atmosphere give the camel market a unique Arabic flavor. The choice of animals here is really huge, and sellers politely lure passing tourists in order to show their goods.
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