The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced that Al Ain’s Jebel Hafit Desert Park will reopen to visitors on November 1, 2020, with the park’s new season running until April 2021.
Officially launched in February 2020, Abu Dhabi’s newest cultural and outdoor adventure attraction, located at the foot of Jebel Hafit mountain, offers guests a thrilling mix of history, culture, and stunning natural landscapes. Among the key attractions at Jebel Hafit Desert Park are its 5,000-year-old ‘beehive’ tombs, some of the most famous archaeological remains in the UAE, which attest to the rich history and ancient habitation of the area. The park also offers beautiful natural surroundings for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy, stretching through nine kilometres of captivating terrain around the base of Jebel Hafit, one of the highest mountains in the UAE.
Acting undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saood Al Hosani stated: “To visit Jebel Hafit Desert Park is to travel through thousands of years of Emirati history. This landmark offers a fascinating insight into the UAE’s unique heritage and is complemented with a range of outdoor activities suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities, allowing for exploration of surrounding areas notable not only for their beauty but for their significant biodiversity.
“Guests can visit for the day or take a longer break and stay overnight at the Park’s onsite camping to fully experience its cultural facilities. There is something for everyone at this unique attraction, and I encourage families, history buffs and nature enthusiasts to visit our World Heritage Site and discover the beauty of Jebel Hafit Desert Park for themselves,” he further noted.
In line with DCT Abu Dhabi’s mandate to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the UAE, Jebel Hafit Desert Park was conceived to protect and preserve the rich biodiversity, archaeology and cultural landscape of the area. The park’s cultural and natural features are of international importance, being one of the Cultural Sites of Al Ain that make up the UAE’s first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site has also been given ‘national park’ status, and declared as Jebel Hafit National Park Reserve pursuant to Amiri Decree 21 of 2017.