9 Best Parks in Al Ain For Recreation In The Desert City

Al-Ain is popularly referred to as the garden city of Abu Dhabi Emirate of the UAE because of its rich geographical diversity. With its history tracing back to 3000 BC, the Al Ain oasis city is listed in UNESCO’s world heritage list. Parks in Al Ain have a pretty natural landscape with the oasis, the mountain ranges, the date palm plantations and the desert in the picture. Al-Ain merely is more relaxed than the usual commercial cities of the UAE, and the greenery in the local and adventure parks adds up to the serenity of the place.

Recreational Parks in Al Ain

Parks are the best place to enjoy the evening summer breeze with family, friends or even alone. An enjoyable evening spent at a park re-energises and refreshes you for your next day work hours. Al-Ain is a desert city is humid throughout the afternoon, but the evenings are breezier. As a tourist destination, Al-Ain has gained quite a lot of momentum as the Garden city of the UAE in the past decade, for its local parks catering to a variety of recreational activities including essential sightseeing and a playground for children. Listed below are some of the local parks where you can enjoy the surreal Arabian landscape.

1. Green Mubazzarah Park

Green Mubazzarah Park
Green Mubazzarah Park sits in the lap of the Al Ain oasis. You can spend a perfect evening gazing at the beautiful landscape with sunset and palm trees in the setting of the Park. Go camping at this amazingly green Mubazzarah Park in Al Ain with lush green grasses, hot springs, swimming pools and a barbecue area.  
Address - Below Jebel Hafeet Mountain, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Open Hours -
Monday to Wednesday - 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Thursday to Saturday - 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Entry Fee - AED 20 per person which includes the parking fee and other amenities in the park.
How to Reach - The Park is easy to locate but it is a long drive from the main city so you can take bus number 970.

2. Hili Archaeological Park

Hili Archaeological Park
Built in the Bronze age, Hili Archaeological Park has evident records of the architecture and culture of that age and is usually crowded on weekends with locals. The monuments in Hili Archaeological Park date back to at least 3000 BC. The historical buildings, mosques and the lush green setting of the park, all in one frame, primarily comprise every attribute of a decent picnic spot. Visit all the buildings inside the park premises and avoid planning a BBQ picnic because it is not allowed inside the park premises.
Address - Near Al Ain National Museum, Dubai Highway, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Open Hours - 4:00 PM till 11:00 PM
Friday - 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Entry Fee - There is no entry fee.
How to Reach - The Park is connected by metro and there is a frequent public bus transportation available in Al Ain all over the city. Bus number 930 is the best option to reach Hili Archaeological Park if you are planning to travel from the route of Emirates National Auto Museum.

3. Al Jahili Public Park

Al Jahili Fort
Paved pathways and the scenic lush green expanse of the Al Jahili Public Park is what keeps it the locals favourite. The Al Jahili fort and mosque inside the park are well-maintained but camping at night is no more allowed. Birds like the Indian Roller and dove are a common site here.
Address - Near Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain - United Arab Emirates.
Open Hours - Open 24 hours.
Entry Fee - There is no entry fee.
How to Reach - The closest bus stop near Al Jahili Public Park is Zayed Ibn Sultan St 137. You can opt for bus number 380 or 440 to reach the Park.

4. Jebel Hafeet Park

Jebel Hafeet Park
A zigzag desert road trip will take you to Jebel Hafeet Park which is located at the top of a mountain and overlooks the Oman border. The route to the Park is scenic, and you will find hot spring, a mosque, a human-made stream and a free barbeque area which makes it a better option. The cafeteria on the mountain was closed down a few months ago so make sure to carry some snacks and water with you.
Address - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Open Hours - Open 24 hours
Entry Fee - There is no entry fee
How to Reach - Being located near the Mubazzarah Park, Jebel Hafeet Park is also connected by bus number 970.

5. Basra Park (Al Ain Ladies Park)

Basra Park
Basra Park is a Ladies Park where the local women usually go for jogging or an evening stroll. The Park has a food truck which offers snacks to satisfy your evening hunger, and it has a few fun rides for children to play. The setting sun looks even more mesmerising in the Park because of the dry wadi.
Address - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Open Hours - Open 24 hours.
Contact info - +971 3 767 8862
Entry Fee - There is no entry fee.
How to Reach - The Park is located at a distance of 17 kilometres from Al Ain International Airport and you can take the 111th St/Al Etihad St to reach there as it is the fastest route.

6. Central Public Garden (Al Ain Paradise)

Al Ain Paradise Garden
The central Public Garden is a flower garden which holds two Guinness World Records featuring the largest display of hanging flower baskets in the world. Recently renovated, this park also has a 12-metre high miniature Eiffel tower and a natural water stream.
Address - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Open Hours - Open 24 hours
Entry Fee - There is no entry fee
How to Reach - Al Ain Paradise Garden is situated near Al Ain Wildlife Park. As there are no public transport in that route you will have to take a cab to reach the park. It is approximately at a distance of 15 kilometres from the main city.
General Tips for Recreational Parks in Al Ain
Carry a mat, some biodegradable plates and tissues and half-prepared BBQ items so that you can prepare fresh barbeque for family or friends and spend a refreshing evening.

Adventure Parks in Al Ain   

Everyone loves adventure parks, and Al Ain hosts these two enjoyable amusement parks. Adventurous water rides, a serene green setting and an oasis in the backdrop all of them in one scene are a sight to behold.

7. Wadi Adventure Park

Wadi Adventure Park
Wadi Adventure Park has a wide array of adventurous choices. Water Rafting, Wall Climbing, Family Pool, Open Beach, Airpark and Zipline are some of the most famous adventure sports in the park. With decent infrastructure and some fantastic rides, this park is not the one an adventure junkie should miss out.
Address - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates.
Open Hours - On Thursday the park remains open from 11:00 AM till 10:00 PM and on the rest of the days the timings are from 11:00 AM till 7:00 PM.
Entry Fee: (per person)
Unlimited Adventure Package - AED 195
Explorer Package -  AED 215
Adventure Package - AED 275 . 
The entrance fee of the Park also includes free access to restaurants and swimming pool and limited access to the beach area.
Contact Info: For prior booking, you should do it at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Park reception at +97137818422.

8. Hili Fun City

Hili Fun City
Swan rides, Car bumps and Carousel are some of the most loved trips among the tourists. Hili Fun City fits into the criteria of an adventure park because one gets to choose from a plethora of exciting options, Ice skating, Jumping Star, Flying Clowns, etc. Although it features no water rides, Hili Fun City compensates for it in the number of essential amenities they provide, including the food courts.
Address - Ardh Al Jaw St., Near Hili Wedding Hall, Hili, Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates.
Open Hours - Closed on Sundays
Monday to Thursday - 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM 
Friday and Saturday - 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Entry Fee -
Theme park - AED 10 
The Ice Rink - AED 40 (for the skate boot rental for ninety minutes)
Entry ticket to the Ice Rink - AED 10 
Contact Info - Contact the park on 03-7845542 if you wish to book the place for an event.

Zoological Park in Al Ain

9. Al-Ain Wildlife Park

Thomson's Gazelle
The Al Ain Wildlife Park is home to a variety of exotic animals and birds including white lions and African Giraffes. Visit the zoo for its surreal toy train ride experience, the expanse of greenery and which are ideal for picnics.
Address - Nahyan the First St - Al Ain - United Arab Emirates
Open Hours - 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry Fee -
Adult - AED 30
Children - AED 10 
Contact Info - +971 800 966
How to Reach - A fifteen minutes cab ride is the most convenient option to reach Al Ain Wildlife Park from the main city.

Best Time to Visit The Parks in Al Ain

Camel Safari
Anyone who is planning a trip to Al Ain needs to consider that being a desert city it sometimes gets intensively humid during the summer. Avoid the time from June to August at all costs. It is from September till May that the weather feels comfortable on the skin and is ideal for visiting the parks in Al Ain. Al-Ain is the best place to be in UAE if you want a day off from the usual international city trip of Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There is no feeling like spending a rejuvenating evening with family and friends at an amusement park. So step out of the skyscraper city, get your picnic baskets and badminton ready and plan a day full of enjoyment to any of these parks in Al Ain.

This post was published by Shalu Chowrasia

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