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Two days definitely won’t be enough for a weekend overview of Al Ain’s natural sites
It’s that time of the year we love to plan outdoor visits throughout the country. So, here are some of our faves in The Garden City of Al Ain.
Al Ain Oasis
Obviously, Al Ain Oasis is a must add to your city tour. During our recent Al Ain stay at Aloft Al Ain hotel (review here), we explored the Al Ain Oasis and discovered that you can now not only walk in the different shady alleys but also make the most of this visit by bike using their bike rental system – available at the West Gate -.
To know more about Al Ain oasis, read our article HERE.
The Green Mubazzarah
It has been a while we had heard about this natural spot in Al Ain – opened to the public since 2004, known for its natural hot springs and green mountains.
On your way to Jebel Hafeet, take a moment to stop there and enjoy an outdoor picnic when the weather allows it. The natural sight is quite spread out, very quiet during weekdays and getting busy with a lot of families heading there every weekend. Tables, benches, barbecue areas and different playgrounds are spread out in this wide natural park making it a very unique gathering attraction.
One specificity of this natural site is the natural hot springs that lie deep underground with hot water around 40 Celsius Degrees coming to the surface.
Take your swimsuit and don’t hesitate to go and try one of the indoor swimming pools filled with natural hot water. There are two buildings with pools dedicated to women and two separate pools for men in other buildings. Entrance fee is 15 AED and photos are not allowed.
Another highlight is the green cover of the bottom of the mountains which the site is named after that highly contrast with the rocky Jebel Hafeet mountain at the back.
Al Jahli Park and Al Jahili Fort
Centrally located in Al Ain, take a moment to stop at Jahli Park and Al Jahili Fort, a large fort that was reopened to the public in 2007 after its restoration lead by TCA Abu Dhabi.
The fort complex includes a round watchtower, a square fort with defensive towers at its corners.
Take time to go see a black and white photographs exhibition by the English traveler Wilfred Thesiger who stayed in the UAE several times in the 1940s.
Of course, if you plan a weekend with kids, the small ones will probably beg you to visit Al Ain Zoo that we featured previously here while the teens will ask to spend the day at Wadi Adventure for exciting man made outdoor adventures.
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