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Don’t miss the Garden City Nestled in the Eastern Emirates, Al Ain city is a cradle of UAE history and gives you many spots to be explored and amazing adventures to be experienced. Jebel Hafeet Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and the UAE’s second. The towering rocky height is standing guard over Al Ain and Oman borders. 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 Palace Musuem The former home of the late UAE founder Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the palace was once a political and social hub. Built in 1910, the building became a museum in 1998. Now creatively restored, the museum houses a large collection of material about the ruling family. Visitors can tour the private rooms and gardens once occupied by the ‘Father of the Nation’. Al Ain Camel Market This is the last souk of its kind in the UAE, east of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain and is an excellent opportunity to see camels up close and to see and hear traders discussing the price and merit of their animals.

Al Ain Zoo launches Summer Break The zoo is introducing a new Mixed Asian Exhibit, with three new ungulate species, including the Chital, Nilgai, and the Blackbuck


l Ain Zoo has announced the launch of its summer break, which will see the zoo open from Thursday until Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. The Summer Break will facilitate various enhancements throughout the zoo to introduce new and upgraded exhibits, activities and dining choices, ahead of the destination’s 45th anniversary this December. Children under 12

years of age will enjoy complimentary entry until the end of Ramadan when accompanied by two adults. Al Ain Zoo will begin the Summer Break with the debut of the new Chess Area with life-size chess pieces perfect for interactive family entertainment. Over the weekend visitors can watch the animals enjoy cooler evenings as they would naturally in the wild, after resting during the heat of the day. The zoo will open its doors to guests for the Eid-Al-Fitr holiday celebrations with special cultural and themed activities to be announced at a later stage. Commenting on the announcement, Ghanim Al Hajeri, Director General of Al Ain Zoo said: “Al Ain Zoo is committed to ensuring guests enjoy the best possible experience, offering the entire family a combination of entertaining activities and at-

tractions that promote conservation and education. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Zoo’s founding by the late His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, we will be enhancing various parts of the zoo to best deliver against this commitment. To minimise inconvenience and to coincide with the animals’ natural resting times, we have opted to implement these plans during the quieter weekdays over the summer period.” As part of its on-going commitment to continuous progression since the zoo’s founding in 1968, the summer enhancements will introduce a new Mixed Asian Exhibit, with three new ungulate species, including the Chital, Nilgai, and the Blackbuck. A revamped Elezba will encourage guests to interact more with animals featuring a walk-in aviary, tortoise enclosure,

and bird feeding, and visitors can partake in the latest activities in the new Family Zone area. Guests will also enjoy new dining choices including the Flamingo Café and the Mixed African Café. Al Ain Zoo will launch new summer operating hours from Thursday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. The zoo will welcome guests for each day of the Eid Al Fitr holiday before returning to its summer break, and finally unveiling its upgrades for the cool season, when it will return to a full weekday schedule. The zoo is located on the UAE-Oman border and is a short drive from Dubai and the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. With the majestic Jebel Hafeet and the rich expanse of Green Mubazzarah as its backdrop, Al Ain Zoo is one of the city’s leading attractions.



Al Ain Poultry Farm

Celebrating life Al Ain Poultry ensures quality products associated with good times with family and friends

dramatically evolving consumer demand for high-quality products. Guaranteed 100 per cent Halal, and ISO- and HACCP-certified, it produces 6.5 million chickens a year with approximately 4,500 birds per hour and 65 million table Founded in 1981, Al Ain Poul- eggs per year, all hand slaughtry Farm is one of the largest sup- tered. Al Ain Poultry chickens are pliers of fresh chicken and table eggs in the UAE. The company is grown on a 100 per cent natural proud to provide consumers world- grain vegetarian diet to produce class chicken and eggs that are pro- safe protein and vitamin-rich duced to demanding standards chickens and eggs for esteemed from coast to coast. Its dynamic customers. Animal welfare, food supply management system has al- safety and quality systems are of lowed it to make a sizable econom- the highest priority from rearing ic contribution to the nation for livestock to distribution, ensuring over 30 years, while meeting the that only the healthiest and safest

protein is supplied to the market. Al Ain Poultry customers are provided with a consistent choice of excellent, farm fresh, delicious and high-quality products at reasonable prices. Al Ain Poultry believes that the consumer is at the heart of the business. Through true understanding of its customers and consumers, the company delivers meaningful innovation and continues to build a sustainable and profitable business. Investments in technology, automation and training of staff ensure that it meets international standards that exceed local expectation. Inspired people and great brands are driving the business to new heights. Al Ain Poultry adopts a Total Quality Management (TQM) approach dedicated to maintaining the safest standards in broiler and layer production, processing and distribution of chicken and eggs. Through continual reviews, it ensures compliance and effective-

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ness, a process that guarantees that the consumer receives a quality product that is safe to eat. This is a given! Passion for its chicken and eggs, and its superior quality is what it is most excited about. Chicken and eggs are associated with good times with family and friends, and Al Ain Poultry is at the heart of this.

Nestled in verdant Al Ain, Ayla Hotel offers luxury in the heart of business, shopping and entertainment. The hotel is a new and elegant face of hospitality for business and leisure with beautifully decorated guest rooms and various levels of suites of modern décor with a touch of comfort. It is a part of the stylish Ayla Commercial Complex comprising various shops, government offices and strategically located at the bustling spot of Al Ain surrounded by shopping malls, parks and tourist attractions. Ayla Hotel is a four-star property offering the five-star service, guest experience and comfort.

Ayla Hotels and Resort company plans to open two more properties in Al Ain city as part of its expansion plans. The first will be a four-star property next to the Bawadi Mall and the second one will be a luxurious five-star Grand Ayla, with a touch of deluxe Arabian experience. Both the proposed hotels are strategically located and within minutes’ drive from the international airport and the city centre. Al Ain is the largest city in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. It is surrounded by magnificent red sand dunes and overlooked by an impressive mountain range.


Bask in tranquility Escape to Jebel Hafeet and experience warm hospitality at Mercure Grand Hotel Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet, situated at over 3,000 feet on a picturesque mountain, promises and delivers sheer tranquillity. The mesmerising location captivates its visitors who are pampered by Accor hospitality. “With everything that is mod-

ern within our hotel, with everything that is traditional and rich in history outside the hotel in Al Ain and the Hafeet area, it is an enticing, hard-to-resist combination for any guest,” says its General Manager Hani Al Khoury. Jebel Hafeet is a must-see location for every tourist visiting the UAE; and the hotel is an ideal place to reside in for an enjoyable experience. Even in the peak of summer, Hafeet is a good 8 to 10 degree Celsius cooler than the rest of the country, making it an ultimate destination to escape the heat.

The International Flight Academy

International Flight Academy LLC (Horizon) is the Middle East’s leading flight training organisation based in Al Ain International Airport. Horizon is wholly owned by Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, and is part of Mubadala Aerospace, the business unit responsible for establishing Abu Dhabi as an integrated global aerospace hub. Established in September 2003, training at Horizon is approved by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the first batch of students graduated from the academy in March 2005 after completing a 47-week Helicopter Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Course. In 2007 the first batch of Aeroplane pilots joined the Integrated Frozen Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) course — the 12 students were the first group from the Etihad Airways cadet training programme. This initiative was in line with the Emiratisation programme and the policies of the UAE government, vital in developing a strong local workforce. With state-of-the-art facilities and a multi-national team of experienced instructors, Horizon’s training programmes are delivered with the highest standards of safety, quality and efficiency. Standard and tailor-made training solutions are offered to commercial and military customers across the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region with over 700 pilots and instructors graduated todate. Commenting on this achievement, Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri, the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our goal is to be recognised globally as the academy of choice, we want to expand and cater to not only regional but world markets.” Demand for pilots is growing both regionally and globally, and Horizon is set to support this growth as well as embrace the opportunities that it presents. Also, in alignment with Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan to create a diverse, sustainable and high-tech, knowledge-intensive economy for Emirati nationals, Horizon is committed to producing a new benchmark in quality for the next generation of international, regional and Emirati pilots.

Popular among corporate guests and families, the venue has a live band playing every day with Arabic and Columbian singers rendering soulful, soft music. The Arabic-styled tents in the lobby add to privacy, a bonus for those

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wanting their own little space, while its buffet offers cuisines to tantalise every taste bud. Al Khyama Restaurant is popular during winter. Complimentary shawls and clothes are a feature of its warm hospitality, alongside lively Arabic melody. Eden Rock restaurant overlooks Al Ain City in all its splendour and offers an interesting mix of Turkish, French, German and Lebanese cuisine.

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Al Fahim Group – Eastern Motors

Dedicated to exceed expectations Eastern Motors provides Al Ain with excellent customer and community service

dedicated Mercedes-Benz showroom, interactive service centre including a quick service facility, separate showrooms for Jeep and Fiat, and a large display area for Michelin and Bosch products. Mourani explains, “The facility will harness and showcase all our world-leading brands while readying a passage for take us further in our quest to serve us to grow in the next decade and our brands, customers, employees become a landmark in Al Ain. It will and the city better.”

Latha Krishnan Eastern Motors (EM) is the Al Ain-based automotive arm of its parent company Al Fahim Group, which was established in 1958 by the late Abdul Jalil Mohammed Al Fahim. It is currently managed by a board of directors of the second and third generation of the Al Fahim family with a corporate mission — to deliver exceptional services and innovative solutions striving to exceed all stakeholders’ expectations. Although it was earlier present in Al Ain under another name, the company started operations as Eastern Motors in 1997. Eastern Motors deals with new and used car sales, automotive parts and power tools sales. It is a service centre for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, body shop, tyre fitment, and a 24–hour commercial vehicles workshop built exclusively for the Department of Transport. EM are the authorised dealers for Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, and Fiat brands of vehicles, Michelin tyres and Bosch auto parts and power tools in Al Ain. The used cars from EM are usually of the brands it represents and have a service history. “We believe that excellent customer service is the main pillar on which our business stands for and we are continuously improving and adding value to our different services. We offer benefits to our customers in the form of special discounts at a wide range of hospitality and commercial venues to our Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners in Abu Dhabi. We also offer iPhone, iPad and Android applications to enhance customer interaction with our service centre. At Al Fahim Group, we have also launched the Absher initiative in Al Ain, under the directives of The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of

Nassim J. Mourani Dubai, and follow-up of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, to encourage UAE nationals working in the private sector by securing diverse job opportunities and providing them with discounts and special offers within our companies,” comments Nassim J. Mourani, General Manager of Eastern Motors. Following keenly the core values of humanity, honesty, substance, foresight and innovation of Al Fahim Group, EM also takes a genuine interest in its business partners, employees and the community. The company endorses several social, sports and cultural activities in Al Ain partnering with governmental and non-governmental institutions to sponsor events at Al Ain Rugby, Equestrian Club, Shooting and Golf Clubs and participate actively in the breast cancer awareness campaigns every year. EM personnel also work closely with the Al Ain Traffic Department to promote safety on the roads. “We constantly refer to Plan Al Ain 2030 to customise our growth and the progress of the people here in the sustainable way the Plan envisages. Moreover, our growth plan is in line with that of the brands we represent and also with the growth of Al Ain city,” says Mourani. EM have embarked on greater expansion of its current facilities which will feature a modern and

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