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Thursday 30 January 2020

UAE 2020 Day 10: Al Ain Walkabout

We arrived at Al Ain Central Bus Station at about 11am, and after freshening up at the washrooms we head headed out due west before turning north until we reached the Abdullah Al Zarouni Mosque.

we've arrived at Al Ain

We immediately realised after walking for about 5 minutes that Al Ain is far warmer than Abu Dhabi for some reason. Perhaps it is due to the fact that while Abu Dhabi is a coastal city, Al Ain is hundreds of kilometres inland (next to the Oman border) with extraordinarily little breeze.

we elected not to have brunch at the cafeterias here

Abdullah Al Zarouni Mosque

we turned right here

simple single minerat

we gave this a pass as well

We did not manage to have a proper breakfast and thought that we would have brunch. We decided against the many diminutive cafeterias that dotted the area, in favour of a restaurant with proper indoor seating. We settled on this quaint Biryani restaurant.

right across the fish market

filling biryani for brunch

with proper indoor seating

Situated awfully close to the Al Ain Central Bus Station Adukkala Restaurant is a simple and unassuming value-for-money biryani restaurant. The waiters were very friendly, and we were touched that they felt honoured to serve Malaysians. A waiter even told us his relative is living in Malaysia having married an Indian there.

that portion is for 1 person!

spicy yoghurt dip

turned out to be a sweet custardy soup

karak chai, as always

very, very generous portions of rice


getting ready...

to dig in!

They served very generous portions of rice, and the chicken was exquisitely succulent. And the best part of all? The entire meal cost us less than AED100! We bade everyone a fond farewell and walked about 1 kilometre due south to the Al Ain Oasis. After that was a quick stop at the Al Ain Fish Market before heading back to the Al Ain Central Bus Station.

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