Al Ain in Arabic translates literally to the eye or the spring -
a charming desert oasis, also known as the Garden City of the Emirates is an hour and
half drive away from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Al Ain is also the largest inland city in
emirates surrounded by the magnificent red sand dunes and over looked by impressive mountains.
In the past The Oasis of Alain was a welcome stop on the caravan trail at the foot of the
magnificent Hajar Mountains. Today Al Ain boasts of farms of vegetables and date trees and
is the home of one the oldest and modern educational institutions in the emirates with the
Al Ain University. Our tour takes us to the great archaeological Hilli Garden which dates
back to over 500 years after which proceed to the Al Ain museum for visit to trace the
origins of the ruling family and the early life in the emirates. Our route continues to take
in the beautiful landscape with birds a eye view from the top of the Jebel Hafeet (the tallest
mountain in the emirates). In the afternoon we break for lunch in the city followed by a visit to
the largest camel market in the United Arab Emirates and resume our journey home.