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A Day in Al Ain – Tour From Dubai

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Key Highlights
  • Learn about Bedouin lifestyle and culture
  • See a 5000 year old burial site with beehive tombs
  • Journey to the top of Jebel Hafeet for breathtaking views
  • Wander through a camel market and watch livestock traders haggle
  • Tour a museum that was once the home of the founder of the UAE
  • Stunning photo opportunities
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx 8 hours

    Start time

    Operating times: Hotel pick-up approx 8:00am depending on your hotel location.

    Meeting Point

    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.

    Ending Point

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at your Dubai hotel.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview 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.


    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking guide
    • Admission to Al Ain Museum
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    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.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given to customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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