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Written by Preetha Manivelan on October 24, 2020 Share on

Al Ain Zoo: A Family-Friendly Attraction!

Al Ain is one of the beautiful cities in the United Arab Emirates. Aptly called ‘The garden city’ by the people, Al Ain is indeed a hidden gem in the country with its lush greeneries and natural springs. It stands as home to many beautiful attractions including some breathtaking landscapes, tall-standing mountains and many historical buildings. If you are someone who wants to know more about UAE culture with a dramatic setting around, then this is one place you should head out to. Now, I will take you through one of the very famous attractions in the city which is the Al Ain Zoo, things to do there, Al Ain zoo timing and what’s new.

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An Iguana
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The Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo is a great family-friendly attraction to visit. It stands as a beautiful and safe home to more than 400 animals of different kinds including Arabian oryx, rhinos, hippos, tigers, lions and many more. Not only you can take a walk and look at the animals but also feed Giraffes and play with them. Amazing, right? This is even said to be one of the well-maintained zoos in the world. To take a break from the wildlife, you can pass time in the public spaces or grab a coffee in the cafes and shop in the souvenir shops there. Especially, if you are a wildlife photographer and love clicking some fascinating pictures of animals, then think no further.

A lion in Al Ain Zoo
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Things to do in Al Ain

The one thing that makes Al Ain Zoo stand out is that you get to not only see animals but pet them, feed them and play with them. This isn’t something that you get to experience in most of the zoos. There is much more than what you think and could take a whole day if you want to explore it completely. This might come as no surprise as the zoo is further developing and might bring in many more successful projects including Chimpanzee Forest and Al Ain Nature Reserve.

So, here is a long list of things that you can do at Al Ain Zoo.

  • Visit the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center
  • Witness the wildlife
  • Learn Prey Hunting skills
  • Take your kids to the children’s zoo
  • Have a memorable dining
  • Feed the animals
  • A walk in the Lemur exhibit
  • Other entertainments

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center

One of the must-do things in Al Ain Zoo is visiting the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center. It is a great place if you really want to know more about the country you are in and fall in love with it even more and see exhibits on how UAE transformed into what it is now. It also stands as home to five galleries which are the Sheikh Zayed Tribute Hall, People of the Desert, Looking into the Future, Abu Dhabi Desert over Time and Abu Dhabi’s Living World.

Operating hours: 9 AM to 7.30 PM

Witness the wildlife

Wow! Wildlife at its best. You can find here many different and rare species from mammals to reptiles and birds. You can find mammals like Barbary sheep, gazelles, jaguar and cheetah, the Arabian leopard, African white lion, springbok, white rhino, birds like flamingos, eagles, cockatoos and the flightless emu and reptiles like spot turtles and tortoises.

A peacock
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Learn Prey Hunting skills

Interested in seeing how big birds catch their prey? Then, you have one great place here. Here, you will be able to witness how tactically birds like Falcons, Eagles and Vultures catch their prey.

Operating hours: 5 PM to 5.30 PM

Take your kids to the children’s zoo

Taking your kids with you? Then head out to this zoo where your kids can get to interact with the animals and even go for a horse or camel ride.

Animal Rides in Al Ain Zoo timing: 10 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 6 PM
Entry fee: 15 AED

Have a memorable dining

Have you heard of the ‘dinner with the lions’? It is another beautiful thing in Al Ain Zoo where you can enjoy dinner just a few metres away from the king of the jungle. Crazy, right?

Cost: 800 AED ِfor 4 people

Feed the animals

Have a huge love for giraffes? Then go feed them some carrots and lettuce leaves.

Open hours: 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM
Cost: 30 AED for 4 people

A walk in the Lemur exhibit

How about taking a walk through some lemurs and admire them? You get a good chance here.

Operating days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Cost: 30 AED

Entry fee and operating hours

Find below the Al Ain Zoo timing, entry fee and a few tips before making it to the park.

Entry fee

Entertainer ticket: 30 AED for adults and 10 AED for children under 3-12 years

Explorer ticket (Zoo with SZDLC access): 60 AED for adults and 40 AED for children under 3-12 years

Safari ticket (Zoo with safari access): 200 AED for adults and children under 3-12 years in a group truck. 1000 AED for private SUV for 6 pax.

Safari ticket (Zoo with SZDLC and Safari access): 230 AED for adults and children under 3-12 years in a group truck. You can take a private SUV for 1150 AED for 6 pax.

Annual Pass: 235 AED for one person and 95 AED per extra person.

Family Annual Pass: 661 AED (2 adults and 3 children) and 95 AED per extra person.

Al Ain timing

  • Everyday – 9 AM to 8 PM


  • Have sources of rehydration.
  • Take guided tours if you don’t want to miss out on anything.
  • Carry a camera as you would regret later when you see some eye-catching moments and badly want it captured.

Also read: What Is The Best Time To Visit Abu Dhabi For Your Holiday

A Rhino in Al Ain Zoo
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What a fantastic place, isn’t it? The Al Ain Zoo is one place that you could visit no matter what vacation you are on. It is not only a family-friendly attraction but a peaceful place to visit with your loved one or friends to have a unique experience. I am sure, this place can excite any age with the amazing list of things to do in Al Ain Zoo. You now know everything about the zoo, Al Ain Zoo timing and what to do there. So, why wait? Check out the Pickyourtrail website and look for some amazing Abu Dhabi packages. In case you have any doubts, feel free to reach out to us via Whatsapp.

What are the opening hours of Al Ain Zoo?

The Al Ain Zoo is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please check the official website or contact the zoo for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

What animals can visitors expect to see at Al Ain Zoo?

The Al Ain Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, including lions, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, and a variety of exotic bird species. The zoo aims to provide a habitat for both local and global wildlife.

Are there feeding or interaction sessions with animals?

Yes, the zoo may organize feeding sessions or interactive encounters with certain animals. These events could include giraffe feedings, bird shows, or educational talks. Timings and availability may vary, so check the schedule ahead of time.

Can visitors bring their own food into the zoo?

Typically, Al Ain Zoo allows outside food and beverages. There may also be restaurants or cafes on the premises that offer a variety of dining options.

Is the zoo wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Al Ain Zoo is accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchairs may be available for rent, and there are pathways and facilities to ensure accessibility.

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