An hour drive from Dubai to Al Ain, the summer escape of UAE, this place has got some very magnetic power, not only me all the people staying over here goes back to it over and over again. Its known as the Garden City’ with the beautiful greenery all around it. A must visit place whenever you visit UAE or people staying is a beautiful place for a day or night out.
We visited the Al Ain Mubazzarah and Jebel Hafeet Park on 1st Jan, 2013 to spend our new year in the summer escape of UAE, Al Ain. Our day trip was planned for the Al Ain Zoo , Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Al Mubazzarah park and the Jebel Hafeet. The visit to these places was a different experience amidst the greeneries, hot springs, the park area etc . was a must visit place in Al Ain. The place was crowded as lots of visitors were exploring the city and the park was a great tourist attraction for everyone coming to Al Ain.
A popular sight is adventurists who aim to trek up the mountain and pitch tents at the base.This green expanse at the foot of Jebel Hafeet is a spectacle which will leave you amazed at how Mother Nature has blessed Al Ain. This place is a perfect spot for picnics and family outings and during ideal weather conditions, the place is thronged with families out to enjoy the sun.
The park has got some special attractions such as mini train for children, desert oasis complete with lawns, flowing streams, a man-made lake, spas and dozens of chalets.
In addition to the other special attractions this place offers thermal baths, outdoor hot water springs which can be enjoyed by the general public.Also available is the facility to rent chalets at Green Mubazzarah which are sure to provide you with a wonderful stay experience. It is possible to spend quite an enjoyable time at Green Mubazzarah and can be ranked a top attraction in Al Ain.
After spending a quality time amidst the greenness we headed of to Jebel Hafeet the rising 1,240 meters, is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second. This towering rocky height, which stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman, is forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years. Significant fossil discoveries have been made in the area, which are vital pieces in the jigsaw of the city’s ancient history.
Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills. Jebel Hafeet or ‘Mountain’ Hafeet is a ‘must-not-miss’ attraction in Al Ain. Located south of the Al Ain city border shared with Oman, a high way has been constructed in 1986 to reach this place. It is around 1250m high and the drive up the majestic rocky mountain on its winding roads is certainly worth a trip.
There are several parking lots along the way which provide ample viewing opportunities and beautiful backdrops for photo shoots. Right at the top are viewing platforms where you can spend time gazing down at Oasis city and also a café where you can have some quick refreshments. The beauty of Al Ain city is enjoyed best from the top.
At around 915m height is Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Hotel, well known for their views and recreation facilities.During the winter months, afternoons are a better time to visit, when it is neither too cold nor hot, and you can bet on a clearer view than otherwise. During summer, evening will probably be a better choice.