Living & Studying in Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Campus
Abu Dhabi University’s Al Ain campus was opened in 2003 to meet the growing higher education needs of the Al Ain community and surrounding area. The campus is located in the heart of Al Ain, one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is home to more than 50 dedicated faculty and over 1400 students representing 40 different nationalities.
At a height of 1,240 meters, Jebel Hafeet is the the second highest peak in the UAE and the highest in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Accessed via a winding highway, you can enjoy stunning views of the city all the way to the top. Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second. Forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years, significant fossil discoveries have been made in the area, which are vital pieces in the jigsaw of the city’s ancient history. Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills.
Al Ain National Museum
The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain Museum was established under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1969 to chart the history of Al Ain from the Stone Age through to the foundation of the UAE. The museum houses artifacts recovered from the many archaeological sites scattered across the region, including flint tools and arrowheads dating to the sixth millennium BCE.
Al Ain Zoo
Founded in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed, the Father of the UAE, Al Ain Zoo is a true family destination, providing entertainment and learning experiences in a natural outdoor environment. Today, visitors of all ages discover the zoo's wildlife and enjoy a great day out packed with fun and adventure, and explore the collection of over 4000 animals.
Al Jahili Fort
One of the UAE’s most historic buildings, Al Jahili Fort was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves and is home to a permanent exhibition of the work of British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger and his 1940s crossings of the Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) desert. It is one of the largest forts in the UAE and was built on orders from Zayed The First.
Al Ain Oasis
The historic oasis sprawls across 3,000-acre and provides a unique insight into the region's inhabitants who began taming the desert 4,000 years ago. The Al Ain Oasis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 and houses up to 100 different varieties of vegetation that surround the impressive oasis, with widespread plantations that are also working farms.
Al Ain's famous camel market is a wonderful immersion in traditional Arab culture. From young Arabian camels that might grow up to be racers to impressive adult camels ideal for breeding, the market is a one-of-a-kind experience to get a closer look at the animal that enjoys a special place in the Emirati heritage.