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Al Ain literally translates to 'the spring' in English, and it was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman. The oasis is still open to tourists. Al Ain stands on the UAE - Oman border and is a small and sleepy town away from the hustle bustle of the major cities in UAE like Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is largely known for its greenery and is a beautiful sight to view in the midst of a desert.
Al Ain is a one and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi city, which is the closest big city. It is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can easily be regarded as the cultural site of UAE with a lot of history and culture broiling in it for a long time. It is home to various picturesque forts and museums, along with the iconic oasis lined with date palm trees, which is the main attraction of Al Ain. A must do when in Al Ain is to drive up to the top of Jebel Hafeet, a rocky mountain dominating the city, to experience a breath-taking view of the plains. It is the emirate's highest peak and UAE's second highest. A trip to Al Ain usually exceeds expectations, bringing with it a natural calmness.
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