The best ways to spend a weekend in Al Ain

Jump in the car and set off to Al Ain for some time out in the Garden City

The best ways to spend a weekend in Al Ain
Jebel Hafeet

Driving time: 1hr 40mins (149km).
Being bound on all sides by desert, the UAE is hardly well known for its greenery, but as soon as you approach this most verdant of outposts on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, you’ll soon realise how it gets its “Garden City” moniker.

Things to do
Explore Al Ain Oasis

It’s not called Al Ain Oasis for nothing, this is a lush area, filled with trees, plants and plenty of shrubbery. There are almost 150,000 date palms in this tranquil spot in the middle of Al Ain city and it uses the traditional falaj water system for irrigation and wells to store the water.
Hessa bint Mohammed Street, Al Mutawaa, Al Ain (03 712 8523)

Dive into some water sports
Navigate your way through crashing waves of an adrenaline-charged white-water rafting experience at the base of Jebel Hafeet. As well as white water rafting, Wadi Adventure offers kayaking, wakeboarding and surfing. All raft trips include a professional guide and all of the safety equipment you could need, so get ready to make an almighty splash.
From Dhs35 (adults). Open daily 11am-7pm, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 8422).

Jebel Hafeet
At a towering 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the highest peak in Abu Dhabi, but the mountain will make you work for those rewarding views. Forged out of craggy limestone, weathered over the course of million years, this mountainous landmark stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman.

You can drive your way to the top (it is one of the best road trips around) or cycle to the summit via a winding highway.
Jebel Hafeet, Al Ai, www.visitabudhabi.ae.



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