Links etc

You’ll find a lot of help here…

The Living in Al Ain section of theย British Expats site.

Niala News is excellent. Emails are sent out daily with news about the town. Niala is Al Ain backwards. These emails go out to more than 1,000 ex-pats in Al Ain. You’ll get emails about…

  • maids needed
  • maids being offered โ€“ as a family is leaving town
  • items for sale (often as people are leaving)
  • activities like used uniform sales at the Al Ain English Speaking School
  • new delivery services for top-quality food
  • services offered, like personal fitness training, Reiki treatments
  • and much more!

There’s a group on Yahoo Groups calledย alainexpats. You’ll get a post or 2 every couple of days. This is a great place for asking questions, and most questions do get answered.

There’s also Al Ain Blogs, run by Mohammed Randeree, born in Bradford, England of all places, who now lives in Al Ain.

If you want to buy a car, a great place to go is which is very like ebay. When I was searching for a Toyota Prado, I searched dubizzle regularly, and I was the first to visit one car and agreed to buy it straight away as it was exactly what I wanted. A few days later the seller told me he had had ‘a thousand’ calls about the car. Maybe he really meant he had a couple of hundred calls. But it shows how popular this site is for car buyers!

You can buy the main guide to the Abu Dhabi Emirate (which includes info on Al Ain), Abu Dhabi Explorer, from amazon.

The publishers also produce a nice little folding map to Al Ain (pictured).

Abu Dhabi Aug 15 2010Al Ain map

20 Replies to “Links etc”

  1. Is there a swimming club in Al Ain?

  2. Not that I know of, Gary. The Intercontinental has an Olympic-size pool, so there may be something happening there. I’ll ask around, and, if I find anything, I’ll get back to you.

  3. Anyone interested in having their child/ren taught swimming by a professional caoch? Must have your own pool though. Gary

  4. I too am looking for a swim team for my children should anyone find one.

  5. Just recently going through divorce and hoping to find some kind of support group in Al Ain. Anyone know of churches offering courses, divorce support help etc.

  6. Hi Dee, There may be people at the Evangelical Church who can help. I also work with people going through major challenges like divorce. You can find out more about how I work at my main site:, then contact me from there if you’re interested in taking this further.

  7. Hi Mark, Since you sent this message my son Toby has joined the swimming team in Al Ain. You’ll find more info on this site: just put ‘swimming’ into the search box on the navigation bar on this site.

  8. Raju Kapasi says:

    Is this garden is open in October=2011? We are planing to visit this on 16th,Octiber-2011.Please let me know if any one knew.

  9. Hi Raju, The gardens are still closed: keep coming back to this page to see when they re-open!

  10. Thanks for your web site and your eBook. FYI as regards AADC, you can now pay your water and lights account via the Internet. Just go to the AADC web site and register. After that you are well away, you can pay by credit card.

  11. Thanks Alex for that information. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very much appreciated.

  12. I am looking into moving to AL AIn. Anyone knows of a nice 1 or 2 bedroom apartment for rent fully furnished.. In a good Area.. Dont want doggy.. car space and pool would be nice..

  13. Hi Steve,

    Go to this page…

    … and contact the guys there who should have rental property you’re looking for.


  14. I just wanted to let you know Al Ain Enthusiast was very helpful to me. I visited earlier in the year and since have signed a contract to work at Oasis Hospital. I plan on leaving the US sometime the end of the year. All your information has been great. Could you tell me how difficult it is to own dogs in Al Ain? I have read that people look at them as if they are unclean. I have two dogs that I’m thinking about bringing with me. I wondered how acceptable that would be in this culture?? Are there areas where you can walk them? I don’t want to create major issues for myself or the dogs. Awaiting your response.


  15. Adham Hosny says:

    Am living in alain and want to share and profit all these benefits.

  16. Good for you, Adham! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Hi Chris,

    I’m sorry if this isn’t the right place to put this but Blue Planet Green People out of Dubai are now offering organic fruit and veggie delivery in Al Ain. They also can deliver organic groceries, natural cleaning products, organic and natural body products, and fair trade goodies. I would love to put a link up on your page if we can. Thanks very much. You can contact me at if you want more info.


  18. Hi Brooke,
    This is as good a place as any! Thanks for the tip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Hi Laura,
    There is no problem owning dogs in Al Ain. ๐Ÿ™‚

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