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About Al Ain

Al Ain is the smaller and modest city of its big sister, Abu Dhabi. Home to many archaeological gems, the city bristles with ancient wonder and fascinating finds along the way. Populated by around 767,000 people, Al Ain boasts over 40 palaces, forts and historical buildings, some of which include Al-Jahili Fort and Al Ain Palace Museum.

Cheap flights to Al Ain are now available for a limited period of time, so pack your bags and get ready for a true Middle Eastern experience! Al Ain is home to Al Ain International Airport (AAN), a 40-minute drive from the centre of town.

Why visit Al Ain

Untouched Beauty

Untouched Beauty

The calm, unassuming beauty of the mountains and green oases that surround the city is a refreshing alternative of winding landscapes, colourful gardens and panoramic views across the desert plains.

Arabian Essence

Arabian Essence

In preserving its history and architecture, you’re afforded an authentic glimpse into the mastery behind Al Ain’s design and people. Wander through the markets, taste the local delicacies and feel the essence of the city’s culture.

Hub of Activities

Hub of Activities

Fill your days wandering around the emerald parks, captivating museums, zoos, camel races, shopping plazas and theme parks. Regardless of your age or interests, there is endless fun to be had in and around the city.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United Arab Emirates
Currency Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
Language Arabic / English
Hub Airport Al Ain International Airport (AAN)
Airline Etihad Airways
Time Zone GMT + 04:00
Travel Adaptor Type C / D / G

Best time to visit Al Ain

As throughout most of the UAE, the hottest time of the year in Al Ain is between May and September, when temperatures can reach a sweltering 41 degrees Celsius. Thanks to its desert climate, there is no rainfall during these summer months, so you’d best come prepared with cool clothing and lots of sunscreen. The cooler months of October to March are ideally the best time to visit Al Ain. If you’re visiting during November, you can catch the popular Al Ain Music Festival held over a number of days. Keep in mind that December and January see more tourists, while June/ July bring discounted airfares and hotels, and fewer travellers.

Weather & Climate in Al Ain

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 15°C 16°C 19°C 22°C 26°C 27°C 27°C 26°C 24°C 22°C 19°C 17°C
High °C 27°C 27°C 30°C 35°C 39°C 41°C 38°C 37°C 37°C 36°C 32°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 10 34 9 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 7 6

Al Ain is not as glamorous as its sister city, Abu Dhabi, but it has lots to offer in the way of history, culture, shopping and green oases. Located in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi, bordering Oman, Al Ain’s landscapes and archaeology stem back 4,000 years to early human settlement. Al Ain’s lack of modern high-rises and cosmopolitan living pays tribute to its authenticity and modest culture that you cannot help but be drawn into. Affectionately known as the “Garden City” with its swaying palm trees and natural springs, Al Ain is sprinkled with lush parks and gardens you could spend hours getting lost in.

Jebel Hafeet is the rugged backdrop to the city, its golden silhouette rising above the ancient tombs and relics surrounding it. A drive up to the top of the 1,240m peak will treat you to splendid panoramic views over the entire region below.

Those interested in the city’s history and archaeology should definitely visit the Al Ain National Museum for an introduction to the city’s ethnology and historic settlements. To get a glimpse inside the home of the first Sheikh ruler of Abu Dhabi, visit the Al Ain Palace Museum.

Al Ain’s architecture is as unique as its history, with solid brick fortresses and towers which can be climbed for envious views of the city. A great example of this is the Al-Jahili Fort.

Bring the family for a day of fun at Wadi Adventure Park – a refreshing hub of water sports, zip lines, surfing and climbing walls for all ages and abilities. This is a hotspot for locals in summer, so come early! For something a little more adrenalin pumping, why not try the rollercoasters, sky-flyers, skating rinks and thrilling rides at Hili Fun City? As one of the UAE’s most famous theme parks, this is one for the memory books.

Mingle with the locals and bargain your way through the stalls at Souk Al Qattara (open from October to May) or wander between the Persian silks and perfumed pathways of many other wonderful souks scattered around town. You haven’t experience a slice of local culture until you’ve visited the camel market – walk around and watch the locals bartering over the camels, a highlight for any visitor.

Looking for some respite from all the shopping and sightseeing? Central Public Garden and Al Ain Oasis are the perfect places to cool off, have a picnic or take a walk through the date palms and colourful flowers.

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Due to stringent laws and customs in place, Al Ain, like much of the UAE, is a very safe city.

The UAE is governed under Islamic law, so visitors are expected to behave and dress accordingly. Women are advised to dress respectably and avoid wearing revealing outfits in public areas. Consuming alcohol in public places is illegal and, if you’re planning on visiting bars and nightclubs, always carry some form of identification.

Be aware of pick pockets and scams when touring around the market places.

If you are carrying prescription drugs, make sure you have the original prescription note on hand when going through the airport.

A comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is always recommended.

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