Al Ain famously known as the ‘Garden City’ of the UAE, Al Ain is lively energetic souks, has one of the tallest mountains of UAE and is a famous getaway for both tourists and locals outing. Boasting a dramatic setting and enjoying a majestic mountainous backdrop, Al Ain is an absolutely beautiful place to spend some time exploring … For a taste of traditional life in the UAE, a visit to the camel souk is a must.
While you plan to visit in Al Ain, here are some of the best Tourist places in Al Ain.
1. Al Jahili Fort
Treasure house for the Emirati history and Al Ain ancient era, the Al Jahili fort is a big bulky fortress that looks like some giant sand castle. Built in the year 1891, the architecture served as a defense for the city and save the precious palm grooves. It also served as a headquarter of Oman Trucial Scouts. For a brief period, it served as a home to the local governor. The fort has beautiful landscaped gardens and visitors love to explore it.
2. Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
Also known as the Al Ain museum, it has served as a home to Sheikh Zayed- the first president of UAE. Although, most of the information inside is in Arabian language, the photos and galleries speak volumes of the city’s historical past. The interior décor helps a lot in understanding the life led in the bygone era. The birthplace of the current crown prince of UAE-Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, this palace museum offers great insights on the royal family of UAE as well.
3. Al Ain National Museum
This informational museum is one of the best Al Ain attractions. It has three different sections including Ethnography- that depicts the daily life of the people during the Bedouin era, the archeology section that has the treasured ruins of the ancient times and the gifts section. The ethnography section particularly is of great interest to people as it exhibits the jewelry used during those times, the weapons, the musical instruments, and the recreation of the traditional majlis.
4. The famous Camel Souq
Possibly the last remaining traditional camel trading souq in UAE, the Camel souq (market) is one of the best places to visit in Al Ain. Located east of Jebel Haffeet, the camel souq is your best opportunity to get up close and personal with the most loved pets of the Arabs. While you can also oblige to the self-appointed tour guides, it’s always better to walk and explore by yourself. The souq is open from 6am to 7pm. The shops generally close by 11 pm during weekends when the tourist rush is more.