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THE  BEST OF AL AIN UAE

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A one and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited selements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city abounds in picturesque forts. 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. The redeveloped Al Qaara Fort is now home to a brilliant arts centre and gallery, offering hundreds of modern exhibits.

Get to grips with our culture and heritage with a visit to the city’s museums. With three main sections archaeology, ethnography and gis, Al Ain National Museum lets you explore various aspects of UAE life, including Bedouin jewellery and traditional musical instrument collections. The former home of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Ain Palace 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 For stunning views of the city, drive, take a cab or, if you have the stamina, cycle to the top of Jebel Hafeet – a rocky height dominating the city - via a winding highway. Rising 1,240 metres, this is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second. Other aractions include the Al Ain oasis with its cool, shady walkways and a 3,000-year-old falaj irrigation system, and the camel market-one of the last few remaining. This date palm oasis has been recognised by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for its importance as a repository of genetic resources, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Families should head to Al Ain Zoo – home to over 4,000 animals, and enjoy giraffe feeding, camel riding and ‘Elezba’ peing zoo. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics and also playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area. For a fun day out, try the renovated Hili Fun-City, the Gulf's oldest theme park, which now offers one of the cheapest days out, with entry no more than AED 40 (US$ 11). Watersports lovers need to try Wadi Adventure, the region’s only man-made white water raing, kayaking and surf facility built in the foothills of the majestic Jebel Hafeet.

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EXPLORE AL AIN Al Ain was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman. The history of the 'Oasis City,' the emirate's heritage heartland and one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited selements, can be explored through visits to the Al Ain forts (one of which has now been transformed into an arts centre), the Al Ain National Museum and a trip to the prehistoric tombs at Hili Fort -known to be over 4,000 years old. Other aractions include the Al Ain oasis, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, the camel market -one of the last few remaining, Wadi Adventure, a manmade white water raing, kayaking and surfing playground in the shadow of Jebel Hafeet, and the world's most advanced go-karting facilities, for a taste of the fast track. For family fun, try the newly renovated Hili Fun-City, the Gulf's oldest theme park, which now offers one of the cheapest days out around, with entry no more than AED 40 (US$ 11). AL AIN ZOO This 900 hectare park near the base of Jebel Hafeet is where visitors can see a large animal collection in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics and also playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area. The Al Ain Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, with at least 30% of its 180 species considered endangered. Conservation efforts have been strengthened by partnerships with San Diego Zoo, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami, and the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums. AL AIN OASIS In the heart of Al Ain, near Al Ain National Museum, this impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. The cool, shady walkways transport you from the heat and noise of the city to a tranquil haven; all you'll hear is birdsong and the rustle of the palm fronds.

AL AIN SAFARI Magnificently positioned against the imposing backdrop of Jebel Hafeet, the Al Ain Safari has been carefully craed out of the desert environment. At 217 hectares it is one of the world’s largest man-made African Safaris and home to a range of native African animals and 2500 plants. The overall safari experience is completely unique, primarily because visitors are driven entirely by Emirati tour-guides. This special element elevates the safari experience to a new level and highlights the local tradition of warm, sophisticated hospitality and unrivalled passion for the UAE’s proud heritage. AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM Known as the Al Ain Palace Museum, the former home of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Palace was once a political and social hub. Built in 1937 and then renovated in 1998, the building finally became a museum in 2001. 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 NATIONAL MUSEUM On the edge of Al Ain Oasis, this museum showcases the city's unique heritage and history. It is housed in the same compound as the Sultan Bin Zayed Fort (also known as the Eastern Fort). Divided into three main sections - archaeology, ethnography and gis - its presentations illustrate various aspects of UAE life and include an interesting collections of Bedouin jewellery, musical instruments, weapons, and a reconstruction of a traditional majlis.

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AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB In the shadow of the soaring Jebel Hafeet heights, this is our Oasis City’s first 18-hole facility and a fantastic environment in which to play golf and absorb the recuperative majesty of the emirate’s second-largest city. To ensure a consistent challenge, the picturesque, tranquil, Par 71 front nine is compelling, visually scenic, yet a relatively short challenge. With water in play on 12 holes, this stern but decidedly conquerable test also includes the Arabian Gulf’s longest Par 5 – the mammoth, 678yard Hole 10. To complement the 18-hole mainstay, there’s also a floodlit, nine-hole, par three Academy Course – which is ideal for a round of night golf. Numerous stables accommodate up to 155 horses, while supporting equestrian facilities include an outdoor arena made of sandblast - one of the best surfaces to learn and ride on – four surface arenas, 15 sand paddocks, three specialised horse walkers and a 3,000-metre international-standard race track. A huge visitor araction is the club’s unrivalled lessons programme. With expert horseback riding tuition for children and adults of all levels, the centre’s riding academy is unlike any other training facility in the UAE in that it offers students of all ages a wide range of riding disciplines to choose from. Simply show up, then saddle up! Considered the UAE’s best in terms of Olympic and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) standards, the club is the place for beginners, corporate groups and experienced shooters. It offers a wide range of facilities, including: 25m Pistol range, 50m Rifle range and 10m Air Pistol and Rifle ranges. All ranges are equipped with an electronic scoring system. There are also four ranges for the clay shooting disciplines of skeet, trap and double trap. The club is also a good resource for information on shooting tips, equipment advice, gun tips, and competition opportunities for registered members.

AL AIN MALL This bright, modern mall has over 175 stores selling everything from greeting cards to gold jewellery. Anchor stores include Grand Stores, Home Centre and Paris Gallery.


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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 see and hear traders discussing the price and merits of their animals. There are some excellent photo opportunities, but be careful where you point your lens and always ask permission first.

AL AIN SOUK Also known as the Central or Old Souk, this is a great place to explore, savour the local atmosphere and practise your bargaining skills. The souk itself is a rather ramshackle affair but it is certainly different from many of the modern, air conditioned markets found elsewhere.


SOUQ AL QATTARA Dating back to the mid-20th century and founded by the late Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the palm-lined road linking Al Ain’s Al Qaara and Al Jimi oases, the historic Souq Al Qaara has been renovated and re-opened.

The Souq is linked to the redeveloped Al Qaara Fort, now home to a popular arts centre, featuring hundreds of modern exhibits, workshops, a cafe and a library. www.visitabudhabi.ae/en/tag/al.ain.aspx

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AL AIN R Al Ain Rotana, situated in the heart of Al Ain and few minutes away from the famed sites of the city, redefine efficient service with an effortless style. Guests are pampered by welltrained employees which are on hand 24-hours a day. This hotel with its unique services and facilities will make sure to fulfill your every wish and make your stay an unforgeable experience.

This renowned 5 star property is conveniently located near the commercial hub of Al Ain and is 25 minutes drive from the Al Ain International Airport, 120 km from Dubai International Airport and 160 km from Abu Dhabi International Airport.


ROTANA The Garden City of the Gulf Al Ain is an oasis city and the second largest in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Having a history dating back to the 4th millennium BC, Sheikh Zayed's vision and commitment has seen Al Ain grow into the modern city and one of the greenest in Arabia today. Planned as a garden city, the visitor is taken by the multitude of roundabouts, each oering a unique display of water, landscaping and sculpture.

Boulevards are tree lined and there are no high rise buildings. Al Ain is the home of the UAE University, the country's largest museum and the biggest zoo, parks, gardens and guest houses. It is also one of the nations leading agricultural centres and is now serviced by a new international airport.

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ACCOMMODATION Rooms & Suites Discover unmatched luxury in any of our 242 elegant suites, rooms, poolside chalets and villas. Our luxurious accommodation choices come with facilities and services that will leave you truly relaxed. The hotel's 242 rooms and suites with Art Deco touches throughout the hotel are elegantly appointed yet oer an extensive array of modern amenities. Supremely comfortable... All room types are fully equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, multi-channeled television, wide working desk, high-speed internet connection, IDD telephone with voice mail, private safety deposit box and complimentary tea & coee making amenities.

The Falaj Wing Falaj wing, the newest luxurious addition is in line with the architectural language of the existing hotel, enhanced with 5 spherical pods around a central landscaped area. Each building has 4 one-bedroom suites and 8 studios. They can also be combined and serve as two-bedroom suites.


Three Bedroom Falaj Chalet Feel the luxury and comfort along with your entire family in the expansive 207 sqm three bedroom chalet, located in Falaj wing. With pleasantly blend of furniture enjoy two studios with king size beds and individual bathrooms connected to one suite with a spacious living room with balcony, 1 bedroom with king size bed, individual bathroom and kitcheneî…&#x;e. All conventional to satisfy entire family’s needs. Private underground parking is available too

Falaj Suite Embrace a home away from home in the spacious 105 sqm one bedroom suite with pleasantly blend furniture in a contemporary design, located in Falaj wing. A master bedroom, a living room with dining area, microwave, fridge, a 40 inch LCD tv and working desk are all set for comfort and convenience. Each owns balcony with pool view.

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DINING Trader Vic's French Polynesian

Min Zaman Lebanese/Arabic Restaurant

Welcome to the world renowned Trader Vic's restaurant and enjoy a taste of legendary cuisine and signature cocktails in an exotic atmosphere.

Enjoy the taste of traditional Lebanese cuisine with our singer and belly dancer, providing daily entertainment. Guests can choose to dine indoors or on the terrace overlooking the pool garden where guests can relax with a shisha pipe while listening to our Oud player.

With the Polynesian style and decor the restaurant centres around its unique Chinese oven, dating back to the Han Dynasty. The oven, with it soaring temperatures, is essential to so many of the dishes oered at Trader Vic’s. A larger cocktail area leading in to the dining room will greet guests, with the familiar woodcarvings and aquariums playing a major role in creating just the right ambience. Friendly and roomy, the Mai Tai bar is an ideal place to sit and chat while sipping on one of the house specialty cocktails.

Zest International Restaurant Enjoy a healthy serving of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in our new and exciting all day dining restaurant, Zest. Sample a wide selection of International cuisine prepared right in front of you in any of the four live cooking stations available.


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MOODZ Lounge Bar

Imagine yourself among luxuriant greenery and a translucent aquamarine pool in the midst of the sultry laid-back rhythms of the PaciďŹ c Islands.

Moodz the most classic and elegant lounge bar in Al Ain; wind down your day with friends and associates by listening to the best tunes from our resident DJ while sipping exclusive Moodz cocktails.

In Aquarius, we capture the essence of the tropics with swaying music, vibrantly exotic cocktails and delicious tidbits.Perfect place for casual dining and refreshments by the pool.

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SPA Zen the spa at Rotana Discover Zen the spa at Al Ain Rotana, the luxurious spa experience in Al Ain Our Zen concept derives from Holistic Asian Philosophies with an added contemporary twist. Zen is "uncomplicated" and "uncluî…&#x;ered". The aim of the spa team is to provide each guest with "me time" to simply rebalance and rejuvenate, allowing the opportunity to be transported away from oî…šen complicated, busy lives to a retreat of tranquility and calm.

Zen the spa at Al Ain Rotana consists of 8 individual treatment rooms, a couple suite, separate relaxation rooms for female and male, saunas, steam rooms, plunge pool and Hammam.


Meeting, Conference & Event Facilities Al Ain Rotana oers excellent conference and banqueting facilities and a 24-hour Business Centre. We oer a superb collection of meeting and event facilities as well as the highest standard of privacy and security. Be it a 1000 seat gala dinner, a reception or a top-level executive meeting, you will ďŹ nd our facilities including intricate lighting, high-end acoustics and latest audiovisual equipment simply fascinating.

The hotel can also arrange functions which can cater up to 1000 persons, serving an amazing selection of cuisines from around the world.

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DANAT AL AIN RESORT HOTEL

Services & Amenities As the premier choice for Al Ain accommodation, the Danat Al Ain Resort offers a superb range of inroom comforts and amenities. Each room or suite features a private balcony with views of the hotel’s lush grounds or majestic Jebel Hafeet Mountain. For guests requiring additional space and convenience, our spacious suites feature living rooms and fully equipped kitchens. We also offer 22 one and twobedroom Mediterranean-style villas with private entrances, private parking, and full access to the resort’s recreational amenities. For vacationing families and traveling executives alike, these Al Ain villas blend contemporary luxury with a secluded garden seing.


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Royal Villa Ultimate luxury Royal Villa with a private garden, equipped kitchen, spacious living area, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a Jacuzzi to complete your well-being experience at the resort.

Executive Villa Mediterranean designed executive Villas, experience tranquility at its best. Modern amenities include private parking, your own private garden and terrace, equipped kitchen, a comfortable living area and a King-size bedroom.

Diplomatic Villa Villa set amidst lovely gardens and tranquil surroundings. Those spacious one bedroom Diplomatic Villas oer equipped kitchens, comfortable and well appointed living room with private garden terrace.

Amiri Suite Amiri Suites oer spacious living room with a separate dining room and equipped kitchen as well as a spacious master bedroom, walk-in shower and Jacuzzi with four balconies overlooking Al Ain.


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Restaurants & Bars Arabesque Savour the international cuisine in an oriental atmosphere and innovative decorations. Tanjore Authentic restaurant oering a selection of Indian cuisine tailored in traditional tandoori clay ovens. Luce Al Ain’s premier Italian restaurant and club with great Italian food and fantastic party atmosphere.


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Body & Soul Recreation Club Indulge in a wide array of leisure activities, from a soothing massage and spa treatments to sporting activities, work out in a modern gym and fitness activities. The three temperature controlled pools include a magnificent family pool with rock formation and waterfalls, a 33 meters laps pool and a kids’ pool.

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AYHAAN BY ROTANA Hili Rayhaan by Rotana is located in the heart of Al Ain, the garden city of the UAE. Hili District is a thriving tourist area and bustling location in the north of Al Ain. Hili Rayhaan by Rotana is in direct conjunction with Hili Mall. The three-storey mall features about 120 retail outlets. The five-star property offers 254 splendid rooms and suites with their modern design complementing the values of the contemporary Arabian culture in an alcohol free environment. The guest rooms are spread over six floors ranging from Standard to Suite making the hotel an aractive proposition for leisure and business travelers. Enjoy a choice of three different food & beverage venues at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana. Whether you want to enjoy a drink outside by the pool, have a tea in our lobby café or looking for an informal all day dining experience. At Hili Rayhaan by Rotana your taste will be satisfied.The conference area features 7 flexible meeting rooms, all fully equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and expressing a friendly and modern atmosphere. Keep fit and unwind at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club with leisure, sports and health facilities.

The Garden City of the Gulf Al Ain is an oasis city and the second largest in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Having a history dating back to the 4th millennium BC. Sheikh Zayed's vision and commitment has seen Al Ain grow into a modern city and one of the greenest in Arabia today. Planned as a garden city the visitor is taken by the multitude of roundabouts each offering a unique display of water, landscaping and sculpture. Boulevards are tree lined and there are no high rise buildings. Al Ain is the home of the UAE University, the country's largest museum and the biggest zoo parks, gardens and guest houses. It is also one of the nations leading agricultural centres and is serviced by an international airport.

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Rooms & Suites To experience the height of luxurious comfort look no further than Hili Rayhaan by Rotana. All 254 rooms and suites are designed with a combination of classical elegance and contemporary décor. Alluring comforts mark the essence of our rooms and suites. Stay connected to the virtual world with high-speed internet connection, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, multi-channel satellite television, an in-room safe and more. Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite Spoil yourself in a spacious and elegant 105 sqm Deluxe Two Bedroom suite, located on the highest floor of the hotel. These spacious suites are ideal for families and those who wish to stay for a longer time. One room features a king bed, the other twin beds. Relax in your living area along with a dining table.

Premium One Bedroom Suite Experience modern conveniences and sophistication in a spacious 62 sqm Premium Bedroom suite. The suite features a spacious living room, a fully equipped kitchenee and dining area with an additional guest toilet. Classic One Bedroom Suite Indulge in comfort and convenience in your 57 sqm Classic One Bedroom suite with a king sized bed. The spacious suite offers an extra room for living, working and entertaining in addition to separate guest toilet.


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Dining & Entertainment Enjoy a choice of three different food & beverage venues at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana. Whether you want to enjoy a drink outside by the pool, have a tea in our lobby café or looking for an informal all day dining experience. At Hili Rayhaan by Rotana your taste will be satisfied. Elements Elements is an all day dining restaurant showcasing international flavours in a simple yet refined cuisine, superbly prepared and served with flair. Start the day with an extensive selection for breakfast and at night explore the rich culture and vast array of flavours from around the world.

Hili Majlis The lobby café serves refreshments, sophisticated snacks, tasting tea and homemade pastries. Hili Majlis is the perfect location for an informal meeting or to enjoy delicacies with an aernoon tea. Sundeck Pool Café Sundeck Pool Café is the perfect choice for casual dining around the pool with its light snacks and refreshments. This pool café is the place to refresh and recharge aer a workout or simply while relaxing around the pool.


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Recreation Keep fit and unwind at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club with leisure, sports and health facilities. You can keep fit and relax with our state-of-theart facilities • Fully equipped gymnasium with cardiovascular, weight training and TRX facilities • Aerobic room • Steam, sauna, jacuzzi and massage rooms • Outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool and a separate children's pool • Children’s playground

Meeting, Conference & Event Facilities Choose our state-of-the-art facilities for your conference and seminar requirements The conference area features 7 flexible meeting rooms, all fully equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment and expressing a friendly and modern atmosphere. Various al fresco venues are available throughout the hotel for your event. www.rotana.com/rayhaanhotelandresorts/unite darabemirates/alain/hilirayhaanbyrotana


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An Arabian Gulf oasis Set in exotic landscaped gardens, Hilton Al Ain offers a peaceful location in the heart of a vibrant city. From our three swimming pools and tennis courts, to our stylish rooms and selection of dining venues, you’ll feel worlds away from everything, yet exciting aractions are just minutes away, including Al Ain’s magnificent sand dunes and the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi International airports are just 80 minutes from the hotel.

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ROOMS & SUITES Unwind in our comfortable rooms and enjoy mountain, pool or garden views based on the room’s location. Our rooms feature media hub panels, ample and comfortable beds, shower and/or bath tub and modern color palees to keep you relax and comfortable during your stay with us. Whether you need to catch up with work or stay connected with your loved ones, wired and/or wireless internet connection is available at the rooms. For a truly unforgeable experience, upgrade to a Deluxe Room or King Suite. ROYAL SUITE Stay in this Royal Suite and enjoy the incredible amenities it has to offer. With a separate living area and dining room this suite is a great place to host guests. Relax in the en-suite bathroom, which features a bathtub and 3 body jet shower.

Admire the views of the pool and garden while sipping a cup of delectable coffee on your balcony. Catch up on emails using the WiFi and work desk or unwind on the couch and browse the cable channel options. The in-room amenities include a hair dryer, iron and ironing board to make your stay exceptional. KING GARDEN STUDIO Enjoy a magnificent garden view from this spacious room or stroll down to the easily accessible pool. With a small kitchen and siing area, this suite is the perfect place to entertain family. The elegant bathroom features thoughtful amenities including a hair dryer and iron. With WiFi and a work desk, keeping up with work is easy. Wind down in front of the TV and browse the cable channel options.


KING EXECUTIVE SUITE This spacious executive suite features a separate living room and bedroom with a king-sized bed. Look out your window to the stunning view of the mountains or pool or lounge on the balcony to admire the scenery. Relax in the elegant bathroom, which features luxurious amenities and a hair dryer. Unwind in front of the TV and browse the cable channel options as you sip a delectable cup of coffee or tea.

AMENITIES AND SERVICES Whether you are holding a meeting in our flexible event space, enjoying some down time by the swimming pool or sports courts, or simply relaxing in one of our comfortable guest rooms, Hilton Al Ain is here to make the most of your stay by offering the services you need and the facilities you expect.

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DINING There is always something to do at Hilton Al Ain as well as something delicious to eat. Our array of culinary options will take you around the world to try the best of each cuisine. CASA ROMANA RESTAURANT Enjoy a romantic dinner with Italian specialties. Set in a Roman Terrace, Casa Romana Restaurant is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with friends, families or your couple. Grapes from all over the world are ready to be paired with mouthwatering Maltagliati pasta, outstanding Grilled US Angus Rib Eye or a traditional Pizza Bresaola. Add a sweet touch to the night with a delicious Panna Coî…&#x;a.

FLAVOURS RESTAURANT Flavours restaurant provides a relaxing atmosphere and delicious international dishes. Reserve a private dining area for your family or group, or enjoy pool views from the private terrace of our open dining hall. Our theme nights feature live cooking stations and a rich selection of food. For lunch or dinner, choose one of our signature dishes or an item from our a la carte menu. We oer several healthy options and a selection of fresh smoothies. HILTONIA CLUB HOUSE Lie under the sun or relax in the shade of the pool side Sports Bar and refresh yourself with a fresh cocktail accompanied with juicy burgers, succulent Lamb chops and tasteful Deep Fried Prawns. Whether you live in Al Ain or just staying with us for a couple of days, watch your favorite sports events on the big TV screen.


MAKANI CAFE Welcome to 'Makani', which means 'my place' in Arabic. This lovely open-air restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening under the stars and relish the best in traditional Arabic food. Let our chef prepare a traditional Falafel, Manakeesh or Mixed Grilled while you sit back and relax with warm tea and shisha.

TOKI RESTAURANT Sample a mix of modern and traditional Japanese cuisine in a private dinning environment. Original sushi and sashimi creations are prepared by the experts Japanese Chefs at the ďŹ rst Japanese Restaurant in Al Ain.

PACO'S Party long at the best spot in town with live entertainment from Tuesday to Saturday. Dance to the rhythms of our 5 pieces band, watch live your favorite football games, sip a perfectly mixed cocktail and relish Tex-Mex specialties such as Beef Tacos, Chicken Fajitas and Quesadillas. Spend a pleasant evening at the terrace and enjoy pool and garden views.

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THINGS TO DO Known as the Garden City, Al Ain is a popular destination offering plenty of outdoor activities and shopping options. Show your adventurous spirit and go out to discover Al Ain's ancient tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 3,000 BC. Travel to the vibrant camel market and experience the local culture of this beautiful city. Become acquainted with the history of this beautiful city at the Al Ain National Museum and Al Ain Palace Museum or enjoy a walk in the Al Ain Oasis. Take in the amazing views of Al Ain from Jebel Hafeet Mountain.

If you are looking for family activities, Al Ain zoo and Hili Fun city are the perfect place for you. If you’re aer more excitement, visit Al Ain Raceways, Wadi Adventure Water Park and Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club. Indulge your passion for shopping on your visit to Al Ain by heading to Al Ain Mall, Bawadi Mall and Al Jimi Mall, which offer a wide variety of brand names, specialty stores and boutiques.


HOTEL'S HIGHLIGHTS • Five minute drive to Al Ain Mall, 10 minute drive to Bawadi Mall • 60 minutes away from Dubai, 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi • 1,070 sq. m. of meeting space for up to 650 guests • Three swimming pools, water slide, massage rooms, gym, tennis and squash courts • Seven dining venues, featuring Mexican, Arabic, Italian and international cuisine • Complimentary WiFi in the lobby area and Palm Court Café

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TELAL RESORT THE VAST LANDSCAPE OF THE REMAH DESERT WAS ONCE HOME TO THE NOMADIC BEDOUIN TRIBES OF THE EMIRATES. THEY LIVED A LIFE THAT WAS UNIQUE TO THEM, SETTING UP HOME BASE AT OASES AND LIVING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE.

To recreate the traditional Bedouin experience, Mourouj Gloria Hotels & Resorts developed Telal Resort and Zaman Lawal Heritage Village - a place where the history, culture and traditions of the Emiratis is brought to life for our guests. Created solely for the purpose of educating visitors about the Emirati culture and history, Telal Resort’s Zaman Lawal Heritage Village blends education and entertainment to create an experience for the entire family.

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Beyond the dunes Telal Resort has been created in harmony with nature, just as the traditional Bedouins once established their camps. Well known as an oasis across the Arabian Peninsula, Telal Resort brings guests in touch with the natural landscape of the Emirates and gives them an opportunity to interact with it in the same way the Emiratis have done for decades and centuries. Lying on the outskirts of Al Ain, Remah has a typical Arabian desert landscape, with rolling dunes that assist the caravanserai. Clear blue skies, unaffected by the pollution of the city’s industries, give way to clear night skies that sparkle with stars as the sun sets over the fine golden sand. Despite being close to the oasis city of Al Ain, Remah is remote and the desert stretches as far as the eye can see.

Closer to the nature In the stark yet stunningly beautiful desert, creatures that survive the dry and harsh environment. They are resilient and can withstand the sting of a Shamal (sandstorm) just as well as the flash floods. At Telal Resort, you can find some of the region’s rarest species of antelopes, such as the Domani, Reem and Arabian Oryx, roaming, flourishing and thriving in their natural environment. Similarly, birds such as the Houbara, the mute swan and the Canadian goose, all call Telal Resort their home. Salukis (Greyhounds), known for their loyalty, were once unwavering companions to the Bedouins and continue to be sought aer in the region. Along with the falcons, they were used for hunting. At Telal Resort, the hounds and falcons remain part of the Zaman Lawal Heritage Village, where guests can see the majestic creatures dancing across the dunes and the oasis of Telal, as they roam free within the resort.

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The Pool A picturesque getaway amidst the Arabian architecture, our outdoor shallow pool for lounging is delicately situated ensuring no distractions. The perfect balance between relaxation and beauty, guests will fall in love with this unrivalled getaway pod. The pool at Telal Resort offers de-chlorinated water that allows 15 guests at a time and is decorated with the desert view and rocks for an outdoor retreat. Business centre A small private lounge for our guests to get some peace and quiet to concentrate on their work. The business centre has a library to browse through and get whisked away in between the pages of the books. The Library A book worm’s haven, our library has a wide range of books in both Arabic and English for our readers. The cosy room is a getaway for our guests to indulge in. Guest Lounge Located on the ground floor, our comfortable 24hour lounge is a quiet desert-inspired room to meet with friends or clients.

The Terrace Overlooking the pool, the terrace is a wonderful outdoor area for guests to meet friends and family and lounge in a relaxing atmosphere. Limousine service Telal offers limousine services as per request The Local Souq Traditionally built from straw and palm fronds, the Souq is reminiscent of the past. Lined with stalls, guests are guaranteed to find a wonderful bespoke souvenir designed by many talented Emirati artists. Al Masjid Modeled aer the traditional humble architecture of the past, the Masjid is available for both visitors and guests to perform their prayers at all times.

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Oasis Spa The magic of the Arabian culture comes to life in Telal Resort’s Oasis Spa. Your exotic pathway to blissful relaxation starts here, with a fusion of signature Arabian treatments and Far Eastern health and beauty ideals. Embrace the spirit of Telal Resort and let your mind wander off to the crystal clear azure waters surrounding you. Health Club A place where a balance between state-of-the-art equipment and peaceful nature has been achieved. Our Health Club is the perfect place to sweat out the stress harbored over time. The Health Club is fully equipped with modern fitness equipments of the highest quality that provide LCD TV with different channels for our guests during their training. Our guests can also enjoy WiFi, fresh juices, sliced fruits, pool access and much more. Activities Step into an uninterrupted desert oasis, enveloped in the rich golden sand. All activities at the Zaman Lawal Heritage Village have been designed to allow guests and visitors, to use all their senses and truly live like a Bedouin. Falconry Show Termed by Emiratis as ‘The Bedouins’ eyes in the sky’, the Falcon is the essence of Arabic poetry. Sand Biking What beer way to explore the Zaman Lawal Heritage Village than to ride the sand bike and discover the Remah desert for yourself! . Camel Riding Termed ‘The Ship Of The Desert’, Camels played a major role in the lives of the Bedouins as they roamed the desert sands and steep dunes, carrying people and entire tents. Horse Riding . The poetic movements of the Arabian horse have been the verse of art for decades, mesmerizing in their beauty.safari trips to the oasis.

Saluki (Greyhound) Show Salukis are old-age companions of the Bedouin and have inspired poetry, verses, and centuries of pride in the heart of many homes. greyhounds. Traditional cooking activity Get a taste of the Emirati traditions and learn how to make your own authentic dish. Arabic Coffee Making Ceremony In the past, Bedouins drew inspiration from the Arabic Coffee that is the centre of every gathering. Lessons in Emirati Traditions The rich culture and heritage of the people of the UAE has been an essential part in making the dream of a union possible. Introduction to Emirati Bedouin Occupations The Bedouin life was a simple, yet challenging life, especially in the desert and at sea. Traditional Games Play like an Emirati Bedouin and learn how to play the age-old games such as 'Al Karabee' and 'Al Haloosa'. The Animal Farm Animals played a major role in the survival of the Bedouins and their existence and were a means of transportation, companionship, clothing and source of food for the Emiratis of the past. Henna Drawing The Henna tree is beautiful and its scent reminds us of its use in the lives of the Emirati women. Henna was and is still used for cosmetic uses, such as Henna drawings and natural hair dye. Desert walk A desert adventure is not complete without a guided walk through the Remah desert. Explore the natural landscape with our experts and get in touch with nature. www.telalresort.ae

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