Al Ain Attractions

Al Jahili Fort ( map ) is a beautiful fort built in 1898, located in the southeast of Al Ain City, near the Al Ain Palace Museum . It's free to enter and there are some photo galleries inside. It was pretty quiet both times I was here. It's great to walk around this exotic castle. There's a park right next to it.

Closed on Mondays
SAT-THU : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FRI : 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Al Ain Palace Museum ( map ) was the home of UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed, built in 1910. There are loads of nicely decorated rooms and it's free!

Closed on Mondays
SAT-THU : 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
FRI : 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Al Ain Oasis ( map ) is a beautiful plantation of date palm trees next to Al Ain National Museum and Al Ain Palace Museum that's free to visit. It's a nice way to spend an hour walking through the date palm tree plantation. If you're lucky, the guard might give you some free dates grown in the plantation.
Jebel Hafeet ( map ) is a 4000-foot mountain without trees bordering Oman. You can hire a taxi to go up it and have a look while the driver waits for you. There isn't much up there except for a shop and maybe some tourists playing cricket, but the view's quite nice.
Green Mubazzarah ( map ) is a free green park at the foot of Jebel Hafeet mountain. Not a whole lot to do here, but there is a toboggan run and hot spring running in the stream for anyone to soak their feet in.
Al Ain Wildlife Park = Al Ain Zoo ( map ) is a decent 990-acre wildlife zoo near Jebel Hafeet Mountain. Other than having white lions and Arabian antelopes and oryx, there also have bird shows with falcons, owls, and other birds doing tricks.

9 am - 8 pm || Admission : AED 20

Al Ain National Museum ( map )
8am-7:30pm || Admission : AED 3

This might seem bit rundown compared to other museums in the UAE. A very short walk to the bus/taxi stop to Dubai/Abu Dhabi (2 hours by bus). Sultan Fort which has a photo gallery is right next door and is free to enter.
Central Market Camel Souk ( map ) is a livestock market that's a short walk from Bawadi Mall. It's free to visit if you want to see camels in captivity-a bit depressing if you ask me.
Al Qattara Oasis ( map ) is another date palm tree plantation that you're free to wander in. Personally, I think Al Ain Oasis is more centrally located and better.
Al Murabba Fort ( map ) is a small 3-storey square tower built in the 40's located in the center of Al Ain. It's free to enter, but not all that interesting. It was open when I went and no appointment was necessary.
Hili Archeaological Park ( map ) is 12 km north of Al Ain and is supposed to be the site of a settlement and tombs from 2700 BC. However, for a tourist, it's just a nice park with lots of pits — probably not overly interesting. There also wasn't much to see at the Hili Fort and Oasis nearby. Taxis might be a bit harder to come by around here so you're better off asking your taxi driver to wait for you while you have a look.
Al Mureijeb Fort Park is just a park you can relax in. Nothing special.