Al Ain is an oasis city and the second largest city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and shares a border with Oman. The history of the city dates back to the Having a history dating back to the 4th millennium BC, but today Al Ain is a modern city.
Attractions in the city of Al Ain include the country's largest oldest museum and the biggest zoo, parks, oasis and gardens. It is also one of the nation’s leading agricultural centres and is now serviced by a new international airport.
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Things to do in Al Ain
Al Ain is an oasis city and the second largest city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Having a history dating back to the 4th millennium BC, Al Ain has now grown into a modern city, yet being the greenest city in Arabia.
You’ll find a range of things to do in Al Ain. Hiking, soaking up some culture at a city museum or seeing cute animals at the zoo are just a few options.
You could try hiking up the mountain Jabal Hafeet. This mountain stretches for 7.3 miles and rises 1 240 metres (4 068 feet high). All kinds of tombs have been found in the foothills of this mountain, which is the highest peak in Abu Dhab. Once you get to the top, the view over Al Ain is immense.
Al Ain Zoo
Al Ain Zoo is a real treat for families. At the zoo you can see all sorts of interesting creatures, such as pumas, monkeys and crocodiles. The zoo even features ‘celebrity’ animals, which may be a newborn animal or a new animal at the zoo.
Al Ain National Museum
The Al Ain National Museum was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed to protect archaeological discoveries in Abu Dhabi. The museum consists of two main sections. These are the Ethnographic section, which looks at the life of people in the pre-oil area, and the Archaeological section, which exhibits artefacts from the different ages in chronological order, starting from the Stone Age through to the Islamic Ages.
Business in Al Ain
Al Ain International Airport is Abu Dhabi’s second international airport and is located just over 16 miles from the city centre. The journey to the airport is relatively quick at around 30 minutes or a little less by car.
Al Ain offers business opportunities in the form of its free zones, areas which enable free trade and entitle businesses operating in them to certain perks, such as exemption from taxation. Two notable such zones are Al Ain Industrial City, which is located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai cities, and Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, which is devoted to service providers and manufacturers that operate in the aerospace industry.