Al Ain is the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates with a population of 568,221. It is located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, directly adjacent to the border with Oman. The freeways connecting Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai form a geographic triangle in the center of the country, each city roughly 150 kilometers from the other two. Al Ain is the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, and it has the country’s highest number of Emirati nationals.
Al Ain is an important services center for a wide area extending into Oman. There are three major shopping centers, as well as traditional souks for fruit, vegetables and livestock. Industry is growing, but still on a small scale, and includes the Coca Cola bottling plant and a cement company.
Service industries such as car sales, mechanics and other artisans are located in the areas known as Sanaiya and Pattan Market. Social and governmental infrastructure includes United Arab Emirates University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi University (Al Ain campus), well-equipped medical facilities, military training areas and Al Ain International Airport.
The city of Al Ain offers a wide selection of entertainment options. These include the tall, stately Jebel Hafeet Mountain, offering mineral springs at its base and gorgeous views at its peak, the Al Ain National Museum, several restored historical forts, the famous Al Ain Zoo and many enthralling amusement parks.
Arabic is the official language of the UAE but many workers come from the UK, Pakistan, India and other Asian countries. Consequently, English, Tagalog and Urdu are widely spoken.
The official currency of the UAE is the Dirham, which is abbreviated to AED (1$ = 3.68 AED).
Religion & customs
The official religion of the UAE is Islam, and there are a large number of mosques throughout the country. Non-Muslims should not enter mosques. Other religions are respected and information on places of worship can be obtained from the hotel.
The climate of UAE is sunny and warm year round. An increase in temperature and humidity occurs between the months of May and September, with temperatures averaging over 40°C (104° F). Sand storms are a common occurrence during these months and can drastically reduce visibility. Cooler weather is typical from November through March.