Al Ain audio tour: Al Ain Nature & History Tour

Al Ain Nature & History Tour

Walking Tour

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75 mins
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2.6mi

About the Tour

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.

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Major Landmarks

  • Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa

  • Sultan Fort

  • Al Murabba Fort (under renovation)

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts from Al Jahili Fort. The car park is located opposite the fort’s entrance on Mohammed bin Khalifa Street. Alternatively, if you’re not driving or arriving by taxi, bus number 901 stops at the fort. When ready, walk along the pathway towards Al Jahili Fort. The tour starts at its iconic arch gate.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Starbucks (Al Jahili Park), Eshat Awoal restaurant, Fish Market, Fruit and Vegetable Market, Al Ain Bus Station, Al Ain Mall

Best time of day

The ideal time is between 10am to 6pm, so that you fully appreciate all the magnificent views. During the summer months, however, we recommend starting closer to sunset.

Precautions

Typically, this region has strong sunlight and hot weather. Therefore, we recommend bringing along a bottle of water, good walking shoes, a hat and sunblock. Also, be careful when you cross the streets and only use the dedicated pedestrian crossings.

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Al Ain Nature & History Tour