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“Superb zoo, but very hot - go early”
Review of Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo
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$125.00*
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Al Ain Garden City Tour From Dubai
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Al Ain
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We enjoyed our trip to Al Ain Zoo. It was a good price to get in (we paid 20AED per adult and 10AED per child) and the zoo was extremely well-kept and the animals looked happy for the most part and in very good condition. It was nice to see the care which had been taken to enrich some of the animals enclosures. Our favourites were the flamingoes and the bats. We loved watching the bats eat their watermelon! The gift shop was also reasonably priced and we bought gifts for both our children as a result of this, when normally we wouldn't!

There are lots of areas at this zoo where you have to walk in the full sun to get to (mostly the big cats - the train does not go to this area), and it can get VERY hot. Make sure you all have sun hats or an umbrella to walk under for shade. They do sell wide brimmed hats there if you forget. The zoo opens at 9am so get there early to beat the heat!

The only thing I felt very distressed by was watching a group of children antagonise a beautiful lioness by running up to the glass of the enclosure and kicking the glass, until the lion snarled at them. They thought this was fun, so did it repeatedly. A keeper (or employee of the zoo) was just stood by watching, obviously too afraid of his job to tell these children to stop. (You would like to think their parents would tell them to stop, but they didn't). I've taken a full star off my review just for this. There is absolutely no excuse for letting abuse of the animals continue in this way.

There were many visitors here from Arabic-speaking countries, and I would recommend that you ensure your clothing is respectful of local custom. For ladies, this means covering your shoulders (a T-shirt is fine) and knees (long shorts or a skirt, again fine). If you are unsure, they do sell scarves in the gift shop.

We didn't get a chance to see everything, as the children were tired from the heat and walking after about 90 minutes (and we got there about 10am), but we will come back another time to see the rest. There are strollers for hire we noticed if you have smaller children than ours.

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

If you are with kids...then they will definitely enjoy it......it's a nice place for outing....but if you have limited days...you can give this a miss.......summers would not be a good time to visit this zoo...as it would be too hot.....it's tiring with kids...make use of the mini train inside...

1  Thank NIKITINU
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Very nice place to visit in winters with kids. You get to see a variety of animals with information about their habitat, conservation status & population. Houses a great variety of animals found in Arabian peninsula, Africa, Asia. Lovely birds too - pink flamingoes are just too beautiful!! We visit every winter and find new sections added & improvements every time.

1  Thank Anjali S
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Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

We were there with my best friend, we loved that trip so much. It was pleasure to walk around and discover new types of animals (for me). We spent our whole day and the weather was very nice. But ... but on that day the birds show was not hold, hope next time we will get chance.

2  Thank Алия Т
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We love Al Ain zoo... and so does our son!

What I find really great is the staff that are always so helpful and pleasant. It's def worth a trip.

There are only a couple of fast food options. If you want to make a day of it, take a packed lunch and enjoy the green spaces.

1  Thank Emily O
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