Al Ain – A while ago we took a day trip to AL AIN. I have seen some images and wanted to go and explore for myself. The town its self looks pretty much like most Middle Eastern towns, except there is a lot more greenery, beautiful big trees everywhere.
Our first stop was to the Al Ain Oasis. The oases are known for their underground irrigation system that brings water from boreholes to water farms and palm trees. We took a walked through it was peaceful, cool and so so green.
I remember this day being especially warm so we opted for a scenic route through the town with some aircon. But there are some great attractions to stop at, like the AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM, the AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM, AL AIN ZOO, an amusement park named HILI FUN CITY, many well-maintained parks popular with families in the summer evenings, and a heritage village.
On a separate occasion we visited WADI ADVENTURE. Its just on a the outskirts of the city and is water-based activity park that including surfing, kayaking, rafting and a wave pool. What a great day filled with fun! We purchased the Adventure Package (good value). We started off with the air park, which we tough no problem, easy peasy… O my word, so not the case! We got strapped into our harness and then had to do a evaluated obstacle course. It takes so much concentration and every muscle in your body. But nether the less we where glad we did it!
Next was our surf lesson (which we purchased as an ad on) GREAT GREAT fun and we found out that we weren’t that bad after all.
Quick break and something to snack (Hawaiian Pizza of course, after all we are surfers now) to get the energy back, which surprisingly was pretty good! Next round off to the river rafting… this was a thrill. Your guide gives you a safety intro and you’re off. The most important thing is to listen to him and work as a team. Some rapids are quite a rush and every now and again someone gets pop out of the raft. So all and all a great adventure day out!
Next stop top of JABEL HAFEET Mountain. The Jebel Hafeet is about 26 km long and 4-5 km wide, extending from north to south. The mountain rises 1,249 metres and great views over the city. The also have a little shop at the top selling some drinks and food.
On route home we took another scenic drive pass the camel market and racecourse. Our timing was prefect as all the camels was out and training.
We ended the day with a sunset picnic in the AL QUADRA LAKES and enjoying the peaceful views of the dunes.
Exploring these little gems and historical places around Middle East is something we love doing and hope to bring you more updates in the future.