Al Ain means ‘The Spring’, also known as the Garden City is the second largest city in the Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The city is the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, and has the country’s highest number of Emirati nationals.
On the 7th of November 2013 morning, we, the MGB and GMBA September 2013 participants headed towards Al Ain to spend the day. Their first destination was the most renowned wildlife park in U.A.E, the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, located approximately 160km east of capital Abu Dhabi, and about 120km south of Dubai. It took nearly 120 minutes for us to reach the park from Dubai.
All of us had real fun watching the free roaming African wild animals in their natural African habitat, the Arabian animals in the Arabian habitat and the Australian animals in the Australian outback. It was a pleasant surprise to witness the white lions, the fleet of penguins and gorilla.
After spending a couple of hours at the park, we gathered for a sumptuous lunch in one of the park’s restaurants. With bellies full, all headed back to catch more animal entertainment as there were still more animal exhibits to explore. Next thing on the plan was visiting the reptile and bird house and finally the main attraction – the penguins!
We checked out from the zoo at around 3pm and headed for the next destination – Jebel Hafeet; the second tallest mountain in the U.A.E. Jebel Hafeet is surrounded by flat plains on three sides providing spectacular views, notably at sunset. There were some rest points for viewing where participants shot a lot of scenic images to capture the fascinating scenery from the top. Then at the top all halted at a large parking area with a cafeteria where they rested while waiting for the sunset.
The awaited moment finally arrived when all could finally witness the fascinating sun set. Getting the opportunity to see the waning orange light of the sun was one of the most memorable moments of the journey. It was 6.30pm when finally the sojourn came to an end when all of us enriched with memories and rejuvenated spirit headed back to our hostel.
Write up and photograph courtesy – Annshoole, Frederick & Paras (MGB September 2013)
Source: Events at S P Jain School of Global Management