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Al Ain (meaning spring, in Arabic) is an oasis city and the second largest in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al Ain


Located about 160km east of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is also about the same distance south-east of Dubai; just an hour and a half's drive.

There are also domestic and international flights to the Al Ain International airport.

Al Ain - Garden City of The Gulf

Archaeological discoveries date settlements in Al Ain to around 3,000 BC. A visit to the Al Ain National Museum, with it's many and varied displays, will provide a fascinating insight to the history of the city and region.

Visiting Al Ain

Al Ain is best visited in Winter, to appreciate the ancient archaeological sites and the hot springs in Jebel Hafiz.

There's also a zoo in Al Hain, where the Egyptian vulture flies in to feed on raw meat fed to the animals.

Al Ain Accommodation

Al Ain Rotana Hotel.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Ain.

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Al Ain Rotana Hotel.

The Al Ain Rotana Hotel offers 100 spacious suites rooms and elegant poolside chalets, enveloped by the warmth of traditional Arabic hospitality and the splendour of modern luxuries.

The Al Ain Rotana Hotel offers several dining and entertainment venues: Trader Vic's (French Polynesian restaurant offering exotic cuisine and cocktails of the South Seas); Gardinia (Mediterranean restaurant); Min Zaman (Lebanese restaurant with authentic Arabic cuisine and live entertainment); Cave des Rois (European night-club); Atrium Lounge (serving delightful coffees and fresh pastries) and the Aquarius Pool Bar (for refreshments by the pool).

Hilton Al Ain.

Sarooj District - Hilton Road.

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Hilton Al Ain.

The Hilton Al Ain is set in mature landscaped gardens close to the heart of the beautiful Oasis City and only a few minute's drive from Al Ain's many tourist attractions.

Flavours is the Hilton Al Ain's restaurant for all-day dining and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialising in international cuisine and local specialities, the exotic a la carte menu features many tasty and tempting dishes. Flavours also hosts various theme nights, with live show cooking.

Other Hilton culinary options are the Al Khayam Persian Restaurant; Paco's Tex-Mex bar and restaurant; Casa Romana Italian restaurant; and the Hiltonia Club House and Sports Bar (for snacks and healthy food).

Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet: Al Ain.
PO Box 24476, Al Ain.

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Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet.

Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain is located on Hafeet Mountain, 10 miles from Al Ain Mall and approximately 13 miles from Al Ain Airport.

This location, offering great views of Al Ain, is also about seven miles from the hot springs lake and camel racetrack and a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Hotel amenities include the two restaurants, coffee shop, bar, health club (with sauna and massage treatments), three swimming pools (with waterslides), mini-golf, tennis court, and kids' playground.

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