, literally The Spring
) is a city
in the Eastern Region
of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
, the United Arab Emirates
. Located on the border with Oman
, it is also known as the "Garden City of the Gulf" due to its greenery, particularly with regard to the city's oases, parks, tree-lined avenues and decorative roundabouts, with there being strict height controls on new buildings, to no more than seven floors. It is the largest inland city in the United Arab Emirates
, the fourth-largest overall (after Dubai
, Abu Dhabi
, and Sharjah
), and the second-largest in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The freeways connecting Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai form a geographic triangle in the country, each city being roughly 130 kilometres (81 mi) from the other two.
Al-Ain was where Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, spent much of his life, at least since 1927, before becoming the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1966. Though it is often held that he was born in Abu Dhabi, some hold the view that he was born in Al-Ain. Read more...