Excursions in Dubai

Abu Dhabi city tour
Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, is located on an island of 5 miles wide and 9 miles long. It is connected with the mainland by 2 bridges: Al Maqta and Mussafah.
There are a lot of parks with sculptures and fountains in the center of the city. Mosques, palaces and modern skyscrapers show us that Abu Dhabi's architecture is various. The city offers a number of sightseeing. The Palace Qasr al-Hosn, known as the White Fort or Old Fort is the oldest building. It was built in 1793 as the official residence of Abu Dhabi's rulers. The Ethnographical Village, located close to the International Exhibition Center represents the way of life of different parts of the country. Here you can see week-ends and holidays national dances and songs. If you are interested in locally hand made crafts you should visit Women's Handicraft Centre. Another famous place is the seaside - Corniche, where you can see Baynunah Tower, the tallest building in the city. You should also see another interesting building - Clock Tower at the head of the Airport Road where it reaches the sea. The most unusual fountain in Abu Dhabi is "Volcano" fountain. The beautiful park around it is the perfect place for evening walk. You can also visit the biggest shopping center, where world trade marks are represented. Don't loose the chance to see 7-star hotel where people are ready to pay thousands dollars per night!

Al Ain city tour
Al Ain is the capital of Abu Dhabi's mainland Eastern Region. The city has many forts and historical sites. The main UAE's university is also situated here. The first president of Emirates - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was born in a fort in Al Ain. This fort is small but represents the great historical interest. This museum tells us the history about the city and the Emirates in general. Here you can see the genealogical tree of the Sheikh Zayed's family (only Sheikh Zayed had 19 sons and plenty of daughters). The museum has a rich archaeological and ethnographical collection, including some millennium gold pendants and an important coin collection. There is also a large collection of gifts that were received by the President from visiting statesmen and royalty. The museum also shows a reconstruction of the Grand Hili tomb with its rock engravings.
There is an oasis in the centre of the town. This oasis is a wonder in the desert, being the single place where the soil naturally exists without interference of human beings. It has a water resource that in natural way moistens the soil so the palms and other plants please your eyes with their fresh verdure.
Another large restored fort is Jahili Fort. It is located close to the public garden and has a corner turret with four levels or terraces.
Mujairib Fort is located within some kilometers north-west of the city centre, on Al Jimi St. It consists of a main fort, a smaller fort and a watchtower, surrounded by a park and children's playground. The fort is under reconstruction now so it is not opened officially.

Hili Fort is located close to a vast date palm plantation. It is a round fort with a round recently reconstructed central tower. The fort offers beautiful views towards the Hili oasis. We recommend you to take a torch with you to be able to see the inner rooms. Al Rumeilah Fort is situated in a residential area in the northern suburbs, representing a small walled structure with interesting architecture. This fort is not open for visitors. The fort consists of a number of mud brick buildings. Some buildings are so well preserved that their roofs are still undamaged. The buildings were buried by sand. They has large quantities of pottery, grinding stones and metal tools, as well as stamp seals, beads and several pieces of bronze weaponry.
Mazyad Fort is a restored fort that you also should to visit. The walls with battlements and watchtowers surround a courtyard that holds a date palm grove. All towers have a specific structure: besides bricks and mud bricks specific stuffs like textile materials were used. Because of such construction the building provides good air circulation for the rooms, located under the tower. During hot summer days the temperature in the rooms, adjoining to the tower from the bottom, was lower than in the other rooms.
The fort is kept closed but people living on the site will open it and show you it. Al Ain is a pretty green city. It became possible due to inhabitants of the city, who tend to create artificial oases. They buy a plot of sand, fence it about and plant palms there. They have to water plants artificially but the result justifies all hopes! Maybe thousands years later a natural soil will appear here after the leaves of palms together with other organic pieces carefully watered. And then the desert steps back and the Emirates turn into the country full of palms, trees and beautiful flowers.


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