Nestled between the Rub al Khali, the world’s largest continuous sand desert, and the magnificent Jebel Hafit mountain, Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements with archaeological sites dating back about 4,000 years.
On this walking tour, you’ll take in some of its must-see UNESCO World Heritage sites, find out where to see other cultural attractions, and hear the stories behind the landmarks. The tour starts with a walk through one of Al Ain’s most iconic structures, Al Jahili Fort, passes through the vibrant Capital Park and includes a stop amongst the shady palms of the Al Ain Oasis. Here you’ll find out how the early inhabitants of the area ingeniously used the available water to create lush gardens, which are still being cultivated to this day. The tour ends with the opportunity to shop for the large variety of goods in Al Ain Souk.
Along the way, you’ll pass by the fascinating Al Ain Palace Museum, a collection of jewellery stores known as Al Ain’s Gold Souk, and many local eateries. You’ll trace Al Ain’s history from its origins as a remote outpost to the thriving Garden City of today. And by the end of the tour, you’ll see how the fourth biggest city in the UAE has managed to maintain its small-town charm.