Officially launched in February 2020, Abu Dhabi’s newest cultural and outdoor adventure attraction, located at the foot of Jebel Hafit mountain, offers guests a thrilling mix of history, culture, and stunning natural landscapes. The park’s new season, running through April 2021, offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings, with the park stretching through nine kilometers of captivating terrain. There is something for everyone at the one-of-a-kind attraction, which offers a wide array of activities. Some of the choices at the site, which has been given National Park status, include independent or guided hikes around archaeological remains, cycling the bike tracks, riding on a horse or a camel, and touring the area in a buggy. The numerous shaded benches give hikers and cyclists places to sit back and enjoy the views. The three shelters within the grounds make for perfect picnic spots too.
Plus, culture vultures have the opportunity to go back in time with archaeological remains that date as far back as 8,000 years, with the ‘beehive’ tombs considered as one of Jebel Hafit Desert Park’s must-visit sites. The 5,000-year-old tombs are some of the most famous archaeological remains in the UAE that attest to the rich history and ancient habitation of the area. While the Al Ain World Heritage Site provides “exceptional testimony to the development of successive prehistoric cultures in a desert region, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, the Jebel Hafit Desert Park area has proven to be exceptionally significant, with excavation work unearthing invaluable evidence into how the inhabitants of the region lived in past millennia.