As you can see in the map below, the City of Al Ain is located South of Dubai and East of Abu Dhabi.
These three cities form a triangle.
Al Ain is part of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Several days ago, Alfred, a good friend here in Dubai, asked me if I would like to go to Al Ain and attend a meeting with him. Of course I ‘jumped-at-the-chance’ to see more of the UAE and off we went yesterday, the 10th of November, to Al Ain.
We left Dubai at 1:30PM and were back at 10:30PM. The 86-mile drive each way took us a little over an hour and a half.
Not too many of you will ever, in this lifetime, visit Al Ain nor experience the highway that connects it with Dubai. Even if you come to Dubai or to Abu Dhabi, your chances of a side-trip to Al Ain are relatively small.
So with no further ado, below are my photos from my trip to Al Ain yesterday.
I did not just find the things we saw and did. Oh NO! Alfred was my tour guide par excellence!
The first two photos are of Dubai as we drove out of town. I never seem to tire of beautiful, modern, buildings.
The Burj Khalifa you see below is the tallest structure in the world.
We are now ‘on-the-road’ South from Dubai to Al Ain.
I shot more-than-one photo to finally capture the below photo as we roared down the freeway doing about 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour).
I shot the below photo from the edge of a gasoline station to show you that there is some very ‘mundane’scenery’ here as there is everywhere. That is the desert out there.
Back on the 4-lane freeway.
I captured the below photo to show you we were right on the Oman border.
The red balloons point to the Oman / UAE border. See our old friend Muscat to the right.
We have arrived in Al Ain.
Nice, very nice, tree lined roads.
Below are three photos that I snapped to ‘pan’ the view from left (top photo) to center to right.
Below is my parting view of this area of Al Ain that I snapped in the vicinity of the magnificent Jahli Park. After the photos of the central part of Al Ain that I am going to show below, I will show Jahli Park in some detail.
I do not know, I have no clue, what the below building is.
THIS I KNOW.
I could not stop snapping photos of it as we motored slowly past it.
JAHLI PARK is a very nice park. The Al Jahili Fort is located within the grounds of the park. The name of the park (Jahli) and the fort (Jahili) are indeed spelled differently.
Into Jahli Park we walk.
One of several playgrounds for the children.
A last look back at the fort.
I feel so blessed to be here seeing what I am seeing in the United Arab Emirates.
JAHLI PARK. I return to the park itself after showing the fort above.
If you look closely at the above two photos, you see a myrid of small white flowers that I show up close below.
In the far distance below can you see Jahili Fort.
Starbucks in Jahli Park! Oh Come On You Must Be Kidding Us Captain!
Technically Starbucks is NOT inside of Jahli Park but it tightly abuts the park.
I love the reflection visible on the glass window wall of Starbucks. Do any of you recognize what you are seeing? You are seeing the beautiful street scene I showed you up at the beginning of our visit to Al Ain.
Will you just look at the automobiles waiting their turn!
AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM. This attraction was totally free-of-charge.
Time to bid a fond farewell to the Al Ain Palace Museum.
“Cap?” .. “Yes Alfred?” .. “We never ate lunch!” .. “Let’s go eat Alfred! Do you have a favorite place here in Al Ain Alfred?” .. “I sure have Cap!”
“Alfred?” .. “Yes Cap.” .. “Alfred they do not have enough of this garlic sauce in the kitchen for me!”
The olives did not last all that long!
An Arabic Fattoush Salad.
Mixed Grill Deluxe! And I mean DELUXE!
More Please. Ever More Please. Thank You.
In the top right of the below photo is a dish of meat and hummus.
All through dinner we were eating the garlic sauce. Arabic Fattoush Salads are phenomenal!
“That is that Alfred! I never need to eat ever again.”
It was bright daylight when we went into the Golden Sheep Restaurant.
OUR MEETING. The meeting was, after all, the reason we went to Al Ain.
I don’t believe that I have ever attended a more elegant meeting. You all need to come on over to the Mid East for a month or two.
Do you remember this most interesting building that I showed above?
Our Oasis Hospital was across the street! I snapped the two below photos.
Kind of nifty huh?
Alfred? How do I ever adequately thank you for this November 10, 2016?
Epilogue: This somewhat enormous Post did not, I repeat, did NOT get away from me. I wanted to show you Al Ain in one Post. I am running at a pretty rapid pace and I don’t want to fall too far behind in my Posts. Tomorrow I head for Ras Al Khaiman, another, totally-new-to-me area of the United Arab Emirates where I will be spending four nights.
That is that says baba kaps.
- NOV 10, 16 .. MORE TRAVEL? .. IT’S WHAT I DO ..
- NOV 12, 16 .. RAS AL KHAIMAH .. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ..