Travel Al Ain and UAE – Local Events

By Alexa Boyce – Al Ain was designed as a garden oasis city, and therefore attracts thousands of tourists each year who are looking for resorts and hot springs spas. However, the city stages a wide variety of social, cultural and business events. The city is home to a number of leading academic and medical facilities, which makes it a focal point for educational, research and medical meetings and conferences. Al Ain is also a hub for sports excellence in the country, especially domestic and international events organized by Al Ain Sport Club. In addition, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) organizes annual sporting events, including the Al Ain dune driving competition and Al Ain Aerobatics Show featuring the FAI World Grand Prix. The latter attracts participants and tens of thousands of spectators who pour into the city to enjoy the dare devil acrobatics stunts. These and other activities organized by governmental authorities in Al Ain city, have helped position the city on the world tourism map. I recently came across a listing of fun events that are coming up in and around Al Ain, and I wanted to share them with you.
· Tall Al Ain – Al-Sad (April 19-20, 2006) Car and Motor Bike Championship that takes place on the dunes of Al Ain.
· Al Ain National Museum (All Dates) A must-see for tourists, different events going on all year round.
· Hili Fun City (All Dates) is the largest theme park in the Gulf Region and contains more than 40 rides and attractions.
· Al Ain Ice Rink
· Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium
· Heat 4 of the UAE International Class 111 6 liter Powerboat Championship (April 21, 2006) Venue: Mina Seyahi, Dubai.
· Middle East Aquaculture and Fishing Show (April 22-25th, 2006) Hall 8 (DWTC).
· GARDENEX: Middle East Flower and Garden Show (April 22-25, 2006) Venue: Dubai International Exhibition Center.
· Middle East Poultry Show (April 22-25,2006) Hall 8 (DWTC).
· “Maktoum Cup” Traditional Rowing Race (May 5th, 2006) Venue: Dubai Creek.
· Middle East Toy Fair (May 22-24, 2006) Showcase for toys, baby products, games, books & gifts. Venue: Halls 5 & 6 (DWTC)
· Dubai Summer Surprises (June 21-September 1, 2006) Fun family and children oriented events. Venue: All around Dubai.
· Halal Dubai 2006 (September 11-13, 2006) Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai

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