Nestled in the heart of an enchanting laid-back oasis, and just one and a half-hour drive away from Abu Dhabi, the city of Al Ain should be on your list if you are thinking of taking a trip to the UAE. Believed to be one of the oldest inhabited settlements in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site city has a long and prosperous commercial history, as it was used as an essential resting stop by countless travelers and merchants who were following the caravan route, heading off into the region of Oman, the Gulf, and the Rub' Al Khali. Al Ain's charm is given by its natural beauty, with its imposing rocky mountains encapsulating the palm-filled oasis town as if it were a hidden jewel in a sandy filled treasure chest. With a more traditional and laid-back feel compared to its high-rise metropolitan big sisters, the city offers an array of cultural activities and sites, ranging from elegant and charming buildings such as the picturesque Al Jahili and Al Qattara Forts to the alluring and knowledge-filled Al Ain Palace and National Museums. The city also offers fun activities the whole family can enjoy, such as the famous Wadi Adventure water park and the Al Ain safari enclosure. Experience a more traditional side of the UAE.