About Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the country's largest emirate with over 1.6 million residents. The emirate is a blend of diversity: from the contemporary chic of downtown Abu Dhabi to the timeless Bedouin traditions of the surrounding mountains, deserts and the sandy beaches. 

Al Ain, meaning ‘spring’ in the Arabic language, is one of Abu Dhabi’s greatest cultural and archaeological assets that reflect the nation’s rich heritage and diverse landscapes. Known as the Garden City for its treelined streets and abundance of green foliage, Al Ain is a harmonic blend of the UAE’s ancient Bedouin traditions and contemporary aspirations. An oasis in the midst of the Arabian Desert, the city’s canvas is dominated by a mix of landscapes that includes the Jebel Hafeet, as well as a series of nurturing oases and the majestic desert that have together sustained over 5,000 years of uninterrupted settlement. Al Ain is the second largest city in Abu Dhabi and the fourth largest in the United Arab Emirates. The freeways connecting Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai form a geographic triangle in the centre of the country, with each city roughly 130 km from the other two. Al Ain also holds strategic importance for its close proximity to the borders of Oman.