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Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch

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Discover the picturesque city of Al Ain on a day trip from Abu Dhabi. Travel through the desert to the ‘Garden City,’ framed by the rugged Hajar Mountains. Chart the city’s history at Al Ain National Museum; visit the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum; and witness the water channels that irrigate the palm groves. Gain insight into traditional life at the markets and camel race circuit; and admire city views from nearby Jebel Hafeet mountain. Dip your feet into Al Ain’s springs and seal your trip with an included buffet lunch.
  • Day trip to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi with a local guide
  • Explore the UAE’s oasis “Garden City,” known for its green parks
  • Visit Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
  • See the traditional falaj water channels amid the oasis palms
  • Travel up Jebel Hafeet mountain for epic city views
  • Walk around a food market, camel racetrack and mountain springs
  • Savor a buffet lunch of international cuisine at a 4-star hotel

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See Al Ain’s old falaj— mud-built overground waterways used by farmers for irrigation—on this trip.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)

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Emirates Tours and Safai LLC is a company based in Abu Dhabi and our pickup locations are within Abu Dhabi only. Unfortunately, we do not offer pickup from Dubai or any other emirates except Abu Dhabi. We offer pickup from any Hotel, Shopping Malls in Abu Dhabi or from the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal.
Leave your central Abu Dhabi in the morning by air-conditioned coach, and travel through the desert toward Al Ain, located near the UAE-Oman border.

Often dubbed the ‘Garden City,’ this picturesque town is one of the UAE’s oldest and lies at the foot of the craggy Hajar Mountains. During your journey, hear about Al Ain’s past, and how the discovery of ancient tools and burial mounds nearby has revealed that people settled here as far back as in Bronze Age times.

Pass the lush gardens and tree-lined avenues on the outskirts as you head for Al Ain National Museum. Go inside and enjoy a tour of the historical exhibits and some of the Bronze Age relics displayed nearby. 

Drive to the intriguing Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, home of the UAE’s late founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed. Step inside to ogle the beautiful interiors, art gallery, meeting rooms and gardens.

Then, visit three top Al Ain attractions — the camel racing circuit and the livestock market and food market — for a peek into the daily rituals and dealings of its citizens. 

See the ‘falaj’ channels dug to transport water around the date palms, and hear how this simple system has been used to irrigate crops for thousands of years.

Drive the winding roads up the high slopes of Jebel Hafeet, the 4,098-foot (1,249-meter) mountain that towers over Al Ain. Stop here to drink in the bird’s-eye views over the city and the surrounding peaks.

Then, head back down to the hot springs in the foothills. Soak up the gorgeous scenery and perhaps cool your toes in the springs. Then, relax over lunch at a local hotel. Dig into buffet dishes such as grilled meat and fish, and enjoy drinks at your own expense.

Your experience finishes with a drop-off back at your Abu Dhabi hotel.
Pass By:  
Camel Souk
A visit to the camel and livestock market, The wealth of culture to be found in the formerly vital desert trading center includes a bazaar that dates back to the 18th century.
Stop At:  
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
Shiekh Zayed Palace Museum is one of the best-reinstated forts in the Abu Dhabi emirate. The museum showcases the everyday life in a ruler's fort when the late Sheikh Zayed and his family resided in the palace prior to 1966. The Bedouin style architecture dates back to 1937 and was converted into a museum in 1998 as a main cultural and tourist attraction. We can see the contrast of modern design elements with traditional Emirati influences throughout the property. The Palace was built and restored using locally sourced and environmentally friendly building materials including clay, adobe and plaster stones, as well as palm tree elements for roofing rooms, ceilings, doors, and windows.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jebel Hafit
Jabal Hafeet is a mountain in the region of Tawam, on the border of the United Arab Emirates and Oman, which may be considered an outlier of Al Hajar Mountains in Eastern Arabia. Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafit is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second
Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Emirates Tours and Safaris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "No water at the hot springs and no time for the camel race track but otherwise good value." See review

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Great Day Trip to Al Ain
, May 2022
Awesome day out at Al Ain away from the city bustle full of culture and heritage with a hearty lunch. Amer was a great abd we even got to see some big sand dunes on the way back
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Sajidul, We would like to thank you for taking time in giving your feedback with your experience with Emirates Tours! its our pleasure to know that you have enjoyed the Al Ain tour, I am glad that your appreciates Amer's help in creating a remembrance of your experience with us. Looking forward to see you again.
A Great Day Out
, Apr 2022
Views from the mountain were really panoramic. the camel market was interesting and the knowlegable driver/guide.
Fair tour
, Dec 2019
Nice tour to Al Ain. The guide was really nice and supportive. The place Al interesting. The trip to Jebel Hafeet turned to be disappointing. We just stopped somewhere along the way to the top for a photo shoot. Not impressive at all. Lunch was buffet but not bad. The oasis is also pretty standard. All in all, a nice way to spend a day outside Abu Dhabi.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Al Ain
, Jun 2019
Was a very good day.Driver was very informative.Saw many interesting places.Lunch provided was very good.So all in all despite the heat a good day
An interesting day out
, Dec 2018
it was good to get away into the country for a day. We were lucky enough to be in time for a camel race, and the camel market was interesting. Bit disappointed by the Oasis and palace - not quite the desert experience we were expecting as they are in the middle of the new city!
Al Ain day trip
, Nov 2018
Good day with excellent guide. No water at the hot springs and no time for the camel race track but otherwise good value.
Our tour was outstanding in every...
Louisa M
, Apr 2018
Our tour was outstanding in every way. Our guide picked us up at our hotel. There were only 4 of us which allowed our guide to create the perfect tour. His knowledge of history and the most important areas to see was amazing. He even took the time to take us out into the beautiful desert and to see the camels being trained to race. I totally encourage anyone with an interest in touring this beautiful and fascinating place to book this tour.
This is a great tour because it's...
Julie S
, Feb 2018
This is a great tour because it's outside of the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai....It seemed, in a sense, to be a more authentic experience because of the emphasis on the natural landscape - from the Oasis, to the dunes, to the climb up the mountain. You get a sense of how royalty lived pre-oil, or shortly after the discovery of oil with the visit to Sheikh Zayed's former home before he became president. And, if you have kids - they'll like it. I went alone with my kids who are 5 and 8.
There was not much to see at Al Ain...
, Feb 2018
There was not much to see at Al Ain. Beside this, everything else was great.
1 traveler found this review helpful
This trip to a town very different...
maurizio s
, Jan 2018
This trip to a town very different from bustling Abu Dhabi is a must-do for anyone interested in having a look into the past of the country and into real Emirates. The tour reflects 100 listed in the programme, and the guide Tomy was very professional and informative, besides being fluent both in English and German. In the old palace of Al Ain can feel the flavour of a past gone forever, while the ethnographic section of the national museum is of great interest. The camel market is simply exciting, and the view from Jebel Hafeet is wonderful. The lunch provided plenty of delicious food. Maybe we would have loved to spend some more time at some location, but there are really lots of sightseeing in the programme, and we would also not have lost any of them. I take this opportunity to commend the driver of our bus who, after having dropped us at the hotel, at 10 pm drove back good 20 km to bring me back my mobile phone that I had inadvertently left in the bus: thank you once more, our kindness and honesty reflect great credit upon you and your agency, who was very helpful in getting me in touch with you. An highly recommended excursion!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nizar transported 3 of us in a safe...
Carol F
, Jan 2018
Nizar transported 3 of us in a safe, timely, friendly, and informative manner to the sights, each better than the last. Be aware that the map and signage at the Oasis are not very explicit, the route is not straight like shown- get name and number of gate. The mountain drive is jaw dropping and the green bbq park gave me the oportunity to interact with an amazing family that offered to share their food after I complimented them on the aroma. And there is nothing more fun than interacting with hundreds of curious camels. Go.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I had one day in Abu Dhabi to spare...
Suzan H
, Jan 2018
I had one day in Abu Dhabi to spare so signed up for this tour. Breathtaking fantastic day away from the main city. Small coach, only half full so not overcrowded, which was great. Saw a bit of the desert, the camels which were ever so cuddly, the fort and museum. Definitely a day for those wanting more culture rather than just mickey mouse style glam and glitz. Tour company was very organised and professional, kept me updated re pick up times and location and also answered my email queries very quickly within a few hours. Definitely recommend this one for anyone with a day to spare who is interested in the more traditional cultural side of the Emirates. I will be using this tour operator for more trips when I return in the future.
Great trip. Great guide who went the...
Anthony M
, Nov 2017
Great trip. Great guide who went the extra mile and who provided excellent commentary.
My first visit to Al Ain. Worth the...
, Nov 2017
My first visit to Al Ain. Worth the trip guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable. There is a need to remind oneself that while the culture is old, permanent structures are younger than many would expect.
This is a must do ,full day out...
, Sep 2017
This is a must do ,full day out brilliant guide ,lovely buffet lunch .stops for tea or coffee on way and back ,mountain views incredible
Interesting tour .... excellent...
arthur b
, Aug 2017
Interesting tour .... excellent guide and saw a lot of things in one day that I would not have seen on my own.
Not recommended. My tour guide is...
Christine V
, Jul 2017
Not recommended. My tour guide is better described as a personal driver and did not speak English very well. He did not offer any interesting insights into the region and simply read off the signs along the road and in the museums as his contribution as a guide. He was often talking or texting on his phone leaving me alone to explore the sites by myself-- honestly a relief since it was clear he could not offer additional information that wasn't already provided by the museum signs. Hugely overpriced for what is offered: what you are paying for is round trip transportation and an average buffet-style lunch. The sites themselves are free and open to the public except the National Museum which costs 3 AED. Skip the hot springs: the water comes out of a pipe. The only real highlights are the camel and goat markets which is truly a fun, regional experience and a chance to interact with locals. Al Ain itself is worth a visit, just not with this tour. PS: I was the only one who booked for the day so I was alone on the trip and felt pressured by my guide to take photos with him. Uncomfortable...
Fantastic tour with a fantastic tour...
Moneeza K
, May 2017
Fantastic tour with a fantastic tour guide, really interesting and great to be shown around beautiful Al-Ain with someone so enthusiastic
This is a fantastic tour. Our driver...
, Apr 2017
This is a fantastic tour. Our driver and guide Mr K.Gafoor was excellent. He has shown us a lot and gave us a lot of explanation. AL AIN is definitely worth the visit and the viator tour is definitely high recommended. Thanks a lot to Mr K.Gafoor and the good organization of Viator !
Al Ain provided a nice break from...
Karen M
, Apr 2017
Al Ain provided a nice break from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is a very long drive though. There were only 5 of us so we were in a van which didn't have the best air conditioning. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable if a bit bossy. Jebel Hafeet had some wonderful views but I wish we had done the museum visits first. After the long, hot day I was too tired to concentrate on the exhibits by the time we got there in the afternoon.

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