Al Ain, its importance, different views, geographical features, climatic conditions, cultural importance, birth place of the president.
Time: 8 Hours
The city of Al Ain is popularly known as the ‘Garden City of UAE’. It is also famous as the place of the first University in UAE as well as the birth land of the President Sheikh Zayed Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Al Ain Visit commence with the visit to the most important museum of UAE, which displays relics from a famous excavation site nearby. It also displays Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures. Next in the schedule is the visit to the hilltop of the Tallenst Mountain in UAE Jebel Hafeet and to the ‘Hill Gardens, the excavation site of tomb dating back to 3000 B.C. Then comes lunch break and thereafter visit to the camel market and to the nearest Oasis village of Bureimi in the Omanian territory. In the village you could see old forts, date palms and 200-year-old irrigation system called ‘Falaj’, which is still in use and the tour, comes to its climax.
Al Ain (literally the spring), also famous as the Garden City because of its greenery, is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the fourth major city in the United Arab Emirates. It has a population of 1,967, 659(2011) and is located almost 160 km east of the capital Abu Dhabi and about 120 km south of Dubai. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan , the first president was born here and it has the country’s highest number of Emirati nationals.
Al Ain situated in Abu Dhabi, on the inland bordering Oman. Its freeways connect Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai form a geographic triangle in the center of the country. Each city being roughly 130 kilometers from the others.
Al Ain Geography
Al Ain in geographically situated in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi Emirate just south of Dubai and east of Abu Dhabi. Eastern region extend a region of approximately 13,100 km. To the east lies Oman, Dubai and Sharjah to the north, Abu Dhabi to the west and Empty Quarter desert and Saudi Arabia to the south. Topography of Al Ain is peculiar and changes as you travel to the east. Jebel Hafeet considered as the monument of Al Ain, with 1,300 meters in elevation and is located to the southeast. Sand dunes of different textures with tinged red with iron oxide can be seen in the north and east of Al Ain.
The annual rainfall estimate is 96 mm and the average relative humidity is 60% ( United Arab Emirates University, 1993). During the summers, Al Ain particularly has low humidity, people throng to this place at this time.