Literally translated as the spring, Al Ain is a fertile oasis in the vast deserts of the U.A.E. It is the country’s fourth largest city and is dubbed as the Garden City of the U.A.E.
Masood and I went to Al Ain for the first time a year ago, in October, when the weather was still warm. We hadn’t stayed until sunset then and missed out on the opportunity to immerse in the beauty of the magnificent Jebel Hafeet. I’d taken a few pictures that day, had a quick lunch, and returned to Dubai.
This Eid, alongwith 16 friends, Masood and I drove up to Al Ain again. We left Dubai before noon and had lunch at Pizza Hut in Al Ain. I had wanted to eat something traditional, like mandi, which is the local version of our desi biryani, but majority voted on pizza. Afterwards, we headed off to Jebel Hafeet, the highest tourist spot in the U.A.E.
On our way up to Jebel Hafeet.
That’s the Mercure Grand Hotel in the left picture.
“We placed firmly embedded mountains on the earth, so it would not move under them…” (Quran, 21:31)
“Oft did I wonder why the setting sun should look upon us with a blushing face: Is’t not for shame of what he hath seen done, whilst in our hemisphere he ran his race?” (Lyman Heath)
“Lo! We subdued the hill to hymn the praises (of their Lord) with him (David) at nightfall and sunrise.” (Quran, 38/18)
“Which then, of the favours of your Lord wills O Jinn and men you twain will deny?” (Quran, 55:13)