A new tourist attraction that presents fascinating archaeological and historical remains as well as exhilarating outdoor adventure activities has been opened in Al Ain.
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, which is located about 20 km south of Al Ain on Wednesday. the eastern flank of Jebel Hafit. Mountain.
The new heritage park was launched by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The park is part of the first UAE site to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains many unique archaeological finds, some of which date back 8,000 years.
The new attraction will also offer a range of outdoor activities, including bike rides, guided hikes, several camping options – from luxury glamping to individual tent camping – as well as guided motorized cart tours. Visitors can also simply explore the beautiful landscapes of the park at their leisure using the trails and self-guided signs.
“It is part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s mandate to preserve our cultural heritage, while providing innovative, immersive and entertaining experiences for residents and visitors, and Jebel Hafit Desert Park does just that,” said Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, President of DCT Abu. Dhabi.
“The park will appeal to anyone interested in archeology and the history of the region, as well as those who enjoy adventurous outdoor activities. So we look forward to welcoming those from the Abu Dhabi community and visitors from further afield to this incredible new attraction.
The park’s archaeological sites reflect many major transformations that have taken place across the country in the past 8,000 years. Evidence suggests that this region saw the development of successive prehistoric cultures, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, which saw the transition of its inhabitants from nomadic societies to the sedentary occupation of the oasis that we see today. Among the park’s main attractions are a series of restored and unrestored Bronze Age tombs.
In 1959, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, then representative of the sovereign in Al Ain, invited a group of Danish archaeologists to excavate these important shaped tombs. Sheikh Zayed believed that the site’s ancient mounds contained important evidence of the country’s deep history. Danish archaeologists started work in 1961 and determined that the tombs date back 5,000 years.
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The village of Mezyad, south of the Jebel Hafit desert park, has become a major settlement and a number of historic buildings have been constructed to defend the main approaches to Al Ain. This includes the fort of Mezyad, which would have been built in the 1890s. The fort will be reopened to the public during the next phase of the project.
Al Ain contains some of the most popular and unique attractions in the region and the world. These include other Unesco World Heritage sites, such as the six oases and the archaeological sites of Hili and Bida bin Saud.