9am Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
Al Ain’s attractions open bright and early, so start the day at the famous Al Ain Zoo and Wildlife Park (open from 9am to 8pm, www.alainzoo.ae
, 03 782 8188), to make sure that you catch the animals before they get sleepy in the midday sun. Known for its conservation efforts, Al Ain Zoo is also a super cheap family day out, costing Dhs15 each for mum and dad, Dhs5 for kids aged three to 12, and free of charge for kids under three. There’s heaps to do and see, so you’ll want to spend a good few hours roaming the enclosures (but there’s also plenty of park areas and kids’ adventure playgrounds, should your own little monkeys need to run off any energy). Don’t miss a visit to the rare white lions, as well as the new, state of the art hippo enclosure, or try the giraffe feeding station (you can buy tickets to feed them at the nearby kiosk). The new petting zoo, Elezba, is laid out like a local farm, with all manner of goats, chickens, camels, llamas, rabbits and a Shetland pony to get up close to. You can buy feed at the F&B kiosk near the entrance to the farm.