Archive for the ‘Al Ain’ Category


Mall Decor

January 14, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

holiday castle mall display

I think the Al Ain Mall may have won the holiday decorating competition.

Snow White and Seven Dwarves in front of a fantasy castle


Drive to Al Ain Zoo

January 12, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

Our road trip to the Al Ain Zoo started with a camel in the road in the Maleha area.

two SUVs stopped for a blonde camel in the road

He was honked off the road and sauntered off to find a tasty bush.

blonde camel on side of the road

Then on to the Al Ain Zoo. We arrived just as everyone else was leaving. The zoo is open until 8 pm, but the sun goes down around 6:45 pm these days. We had about an hour of light left. Hyenas are scary in the daylight and even worse in the dark.


The zoo is quite nice and has good exhibit facilities.

oryx and gazelles

Above are oryx and gazelles. These are native animals. The oryx was hunted to the edge of extinction, but breeding programs are bringing them back.

white tiger

Unless you like massive crowds of people, it would be best to go late in the day, like we did, or on a week day not during school breaks, although you might still have to deal with school field trip students. In other words, prepare for a crowd experience.


Jahli Fort, Al Ain

October 9, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

desert fort

We were in Al Ain for the day, so we took a walk around Jahli Fort.

fort wall

The fort covers a significant amount of land.

large buttresses along the fort wall

Large buttresses brace the back wall.

fort tower

Tall corner tower.

main gate to the fort

A beautiful gate, but like many historical sites, it was not open for visitors.

tower with four levels

This tower is eye catching.

Update: More information here.


The Road to Al Ain – without Dorothy Lamore

October 17, 2008

On Monday, my coworkers and I drove to Al Ain for a meeting with all the library supervisors in the college system. We drove out of town past the camel race track, so we saw camels being exercised. (Sorry, no pictures). The road to Al Ain is long and mostly straight. It is notorious for accidents because some drivers really put the pedal to the metal.
Lots of bushes and trees grow along the sides of the road giving the illusion of green, but in some of the other photos you will see what lay a short distance beyond this green fringe — red dunes.

My camera doesn’t do such a good job of getting the true color. These pictures are pale in comparison to the real thing.

This is the wall around what is generally referred to as “the unfinished palace.” It was quite ornate and impressive. Construction has been stalled due to financial concerns. Some say it was questioned exactly where the funds were coming from…

The following pictures are of the dirt devil that crossed the road in front of us. I didn’t expect any of these pictures to come out due to the fact that we were in constant motion, but I kept snapping just in case.

I enjoyed the trip. It was nice to get out of the city and see something new. Having come from Oregon High Desert, I think the desert has a beauty all its own. Everyone in the car is fairly new to the UAE, so we would point and say “camel” everytime we saw one. There were some in pasture areas and also some roaming about loose nibbling on bushes.