Al Ain Paradise Hanging Gardens

The Al Ain Paradise Gardens is probably Al Ain’s most famous attraction, attracting 7,000 visitors in one day when it reopened in February 2012 after being closed for months for refurbishment. On average, about 1,000 people visit each day when it’s open.

Note: Please do not travel to this attraction unless you know for certain that it is open! These gardens have been closed during the first half of 2013. Comment below if you find them open.

Opening times – when it is open!: 9am to 9pm, but I once visited the Gardens during the week and they were closed until 2pm. Entry is free. You can take drinks into the gardens, but you can’t take food.

Fridays is for families only. Borrow some children for the day if necessary: the gardens are a must see! :)

How to get to the Al Ain Paradise Gardens

• Put these co-ordinates into your satellite navigation device: N24.16557 E055.70950.

• If you are travelling east to west along ‘school road’ in the southern part of Al Ain, go past the Al Ain English Speaking School on your left, turn left at the next roundabout, and go across the next roundabout, this is the next roundabout you come to…

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You should see red, white and blue spheres in the middle of the roundabout, as well as a small pagoda.

You have just driven southwards, but this photo is taken from the other side of the roundabout, looking back northwards.

As you go across this roundabout, still heading south, turn right after 100 metres where you see this sign…

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Turn right at the next little roundabout, then turn into the car park next to the entrance to the gardens.

The Al Ain Paradise Gardens not a big place, but I think it’s beautiful.

This is what the entrance to the Al Ain Paradise Gardens looked like in the summer of 2010…

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And this is what it looks like now…

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A close-up of the new sign…

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The Guinness World Records notice…

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…which says…

Guinness World Records Certificate

The largest display of hanging baskets consists of 2,968 arrangements, and was achieved by Akar Landscaping Services Agriculture (UAE) in the Zakher area in Al Ain, UAE, on 28 February 2011.

Here’s what you’ll see at these gardens…

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There are toilets / rest rooms here…

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…and there are free water dispensers if you need a drink.

Outside the grounds…

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(Not long ago, I had a request to use one or more of these photos in a Dubai-based magazine, and asking for the hi-resolution original files, which I happily emailed along in exchange for a credit line in the magazine. If you too would like copies of the hi-resolution originals, drop me a line.)

Are you coming from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, etc to visit the Al Ain Paradise Gardens? If so, sign up for my Al Ain Enthusiast ebook at the top right of this webpage. You’ll then be able to download the 400+ page ebook and 3 maps which indicate where the gardens are located, and will tell you about all the other great places to visit in Al Ain.

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