I love being on the road, but the funny thing is: I can't drive. Family members have been convincing me to learn since I was in college, but I'm not really interested (or should I say, I'm not courageous enough to face the furious vehicles on the fast lane). So, here I am, now 30 and still happy in the passenger's seat! Hahah! :) My love for road trips grew fonder when I moved to Dubai! I'm so glad that I don't need a car to visit the neighboring towns, public transport is so efficient and cheap. Last Eid Holiday, Ed and I, together with my friends went on another road trip to Al Ain, a town in Abu Dhabi. We had a 2-hour bus ride from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai to Al Ain. Bus fare is only 20 AED per person.
Al Ain, known to be the Garden City of the Gulf, is a laid back town. If Dubai has high-rise buildings and man-made water ways, Al Ain has mountains and natural hot springs. I adore Al Ain's simplicity and natural beauty. I'm loving the city even more now, as there are new public buses with a route heading to my favorite tourist spot, The Green Mubazzarah! (directions at the end of this post)
Green Mubazzarah is located at the foot of the mountains of Jebel Hafeet. The area is lush, with green grass and trees. It is a great place for rest and relaxation. And the best thing is? There's no entrance fee!
The perfect Chillax spot at the top of the hill
Green Mubazzarah is great for family picnics and group outings.
There are lots of fun activities to do: swimming, hiking and camping.
Exhausted from hiking? There's a hot spring where visitors can soak their tired feet.
There's also a playground for the kids and the kids at heart.
We visited Green Mubazzarah the morning after our extreme escapade at Wadi Adventure. We were all battered and bruised from the physical activities, so a relaxing day of nature tripping somehow eased our tired and weary muscles. Green Mubazzarah is, and will always be, my fave spot in Al Ain.
Bus Directions to Green Mubazzarah:
* At the town center's bus stop, hop on the bus # 970.
* bus fare is 1 AED per person
* Travel time: approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour
* Click here for bus routes, timings and frequency