Just a 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is the capital’s garden city, one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t forget your phone when visiting this green region because it’s filled with visual gems and characterful sights perfect for photos. Think lush and ancient oases you can wander through, historical forts, archaeological parks home to ancient artefacts, old-world palaces, charming camel markets, an equestrian, shooting and golf club, and vibrant souks (markets) selling authentic Emirati crafts, spices, carpets, perfumes and more.
Al Ain is home to historic buildings, like Al Jahili Fort. Erected in 1891 to defend the city and its palm groves.
Al Jahili Fort is also home to Al Ain Film Festival. Surrounded by a lush park, this enchanting fort won the prestigious Terra Award for Internal Design and Layout in 2016.