The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added yet another tourist attraction into its collection which will feature fascinating archeological and historical remains. In addition to that, exhilarating outdoor adventure activities will take place there.
This new attraction point has been opened up in Al Ain, where Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office inaugurated the Jebel Hafit Desert Park.
The park is located about 20 kilometres south of Ali Ain on the Eastern flank of Jebel Hafit mountain. It is worth adding that the new heritage park has been launched by the help of Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi.
According to the information revealed,
…the park is part of the first site in the UAE to be designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site and contains numerous unique archaeological discoveries, some dating back 8,000 years.
Apart from its cultural importance, the new attraction point will also feature a number of outdoor activities which will include:
- Guided hiking tours
The visitors will have the option to either go with luxury glamping or make use of the individual tent camping along with guided tours in powered carts.
From an exploration point of view, the launch of this park will rejuvenate the interest of all the visitors who will be able to explore the stunning scenery at the own leisure using self-guided trails and signs.
The park will appeal to anyone with an interest in the archaeology and history of the region, as well as those who enjoy adventurous outdoor activities. So, we look forward to welcoming those from within the Abu Dhabi community and visitors from further afield to this incredible new attraction.
Here are some of the latest images released by the authority to the public and media:
The important shaped tombs were excavated by Danish archaeologists, who were first invited in 1959 by UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and then the Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain.
Sheikh Zayed’s vision of perserving mindset of these ancient mounds has made the launch of this park possible. Not only that, his mindset has also enabled the authorities to showcase importance evidence regarding the country’s deep-cultured history.
The Danish archaeologists began work in 1961 and determined that the tombs dated back to 5,000 years ago.
During the inauguration, it was said:
The village of Mezyad, to the south of Jebel Hafit Desert Park, became an important settlement and a number of historic buildings were built to defend key approaches to Al Ain. This includes the fort at Mezyad, believed to have been built in the 1890s. The fort will be re-opened to the public during the upcoming next phase of the project.
Al Ain is locally renowned for containing some of the most prized and unique attractions, which are visited by local and international tourists as well. These important attractions include Unesco World Heritage Sites, such as the six oases and the archaeological sites of Hili and Bida bin Saud.