If you’ve ever marveled at how civilizations can thrive in a desert, this is the perfect tour for you! You’ll visit Al Ain, an oasis and former caravan stop that is only 75 miles from Dubai. Its desert air makes it a welcome respite from the humidity of the coastal cities of the UAE.
You’ll learn how Al Ain has been inhabited for over 4,000 years. At the Hili Graves, a Mesopotamian burial site, you’ll see the "beehive" tombs. Nearby, you’ll see how the falaj immigration system, which uses boreholes, is used to water farms and palm trees.
Watch wily livestock traders haggle over camels, goats and sheep at the camel market. Perfect photo opportunities await you here but do ask for permission before you take someone’s picture.
At the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, you’ll tour the private rooms and gardens once occupied by the founder of the UAE.
At the summit of Jebel Hafeet, the second highest mountain in the UAE, you’ll enjoy splendid views of the desert spread out below you.
We have a range of special rates for this tour. Advance bookings (more than 67 days) will receive a discount of 12% while bookings received for summer 2015 dates will benefit from 8% discount. (Please note these savings cannot be combined)
The memorable A Day in Al Ain – Tour from Dubai experience gives you a taste of the fascinating oasis of Al Ain, a former caravan stop built on a huge fertile plain.
The adventure begins when you are picked up at your hotel in Dubai, by air-conditioned coach.
You will be driven to the charming desert oasis town of Al Ain, also known as“The Garden City”. Al Ain (literally, The Spring) offers life-saving resources in the middle of the desert. As it is blessed with substantial underground water resources; it is also an extremely fertile region, rich in greenery with numerous farms, public parks and important archeological sites.
Your first stop is at the Al Ain Museum with its adjoining fortress. The museum offers a good insight into the Bedouin lifestyle and local culture. It also has exhibits from the 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian burial site located nearby, called the Hili Graves , with their distinctive beehive tombs. Just a few minutes away from this historical site, date gardens are being watered by the 2,000-year-old falaj irrigation system. This underground system uses boreholes.
We continue our journey to the Al Ain Palace Museum, which was the residence of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan, the late ruler of the UAE from 1927 until the early 1970s. Your next destination is the colorful camel market, which is the biggest in the region. This is the last souk of its kind in the UAE and gives you the perfect opportunity to see camels up close.
From here you head to the apex of Jebel Hafeet (Mount Hafeet). This mountain of craggy limestone is the second highest in the UAE. At the summit, approximately 4200 feet high, you’ll have breathtaking views of the extensive desert below. Here you have the opportunity to take photographs before stopping for lunch (payable direct) in the Mercure Hotel at the peak of the mountain.
After lunch, you’ll return via air conditioned coach to your hotel in Dubai.
Very informative guide and tour. Could have done without market stop and had longer in Al Ain. Driver was a bit gungho!!...William G R Alcock
Hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Vor allem unser deutscher Touristenguide war wirklich toll (leider wissen wir seinen Namen nicht mehr), man konnte ihn einfach alles fragen :-)!...Daniela Öhlschuster
A good tour, well organized, good multilingual guide. But... the road to Al Ain is a 3 lane motorway with protective bushes around, so you don't get the same desert experience...JAN SLIWA
Approx 8 hours
Operating times: Hotel pick-up approx 8:00am depending on your hotel location.
Your hotel in Dubai.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.) Please make sure you are waiting in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before that time.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at your Dubai hotel.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for touring. Bring sun block and a hat to protect your skin from the sun. Carry a bottle of water. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the memorable sights!
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
There is no pick-up from Bab Al Shams and Al Maha hotels.
The maximum waiting time for the hotel pick-up is 10 minutes. The driver has to leave after this time has elapsed. Cancellation or refund is not allowed if you miss your pick-up time.
There should be minimum 4 passengers for guaranteed departure. Should this number not be met for your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
We have 2 special rates available for this tour
Summer Special:Discount of 8% when you travel between 01 May 2015 to 30 Sep 2015 (Not combinable with Early Bird).
Early Bird:Discount of 12% when you book 67 days in advance. Valid for all travel dates not covered by the summer special.
During Ramadan (18th June to 17th July) you will not be able to purchase alcohol and some elements of entertainment (eg. Belly Dancing) will be withdrawn.
See the Cancellation policy for this product