\r\nA new tourist attraction that features fascinating archaeological and historical remains, as well as exhilarating outdoor adventure activities, has been opened up in Al Ain.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, inaugurated the Jebel Hafit Desert Park, which is located about 20km south of Al Ain on the eastern flank of Jebel Hafit mountain.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe new heritage park was launched by the Department of Culture and Tourism \u2013 Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe park is part of the first site in the UAE to be designated as a\u00a0Unesco World Heritage Site and contains numerous unique archaeological discoveries, some dating back 8,000 years.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe new attraction will also feature a range of outdoor activities, including bike riding, guided hiking tours, several camping options \u2013 from luxury \u2018glamping\u2019 to individual tent camping \u2013 and also guided tours in powered carts. Visitors can also simply explore the stunning scenery in the park at their own leisure using the self-guided trails and signs.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0The park\u2019s archaeological sites reflect many of the major transformations that have taken place through the country during the past 8,000 years. Evidence suggests that this region saw the development of successive prehistoric cultures, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, which saw its inhabitants\u2019 transition from nomadic societies to the sedentary occupation of the oasis we see today. Among the Park\u2019s key attractions are a series of restored and unrestored Bronze Age Tombs.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn 1959, the UAE\u2019s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, then the Ruler\u2019s Representative in Al Ain, invited a group of Danish archaeologists to excavate these important shaped tombs. Sheikh Zayed believed that the ancient mounds at the site contained important evidence about the country\u2019s deep history. The Danish archaeologists began work in 1961 and determined that the tombs dated back to 5,000 years ago.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe village of Mezyad, to the south of Jebel Hafit Desert Park, became an important settlement and a number of historic buildings were built to defend key approaches to Al Ain. This includes the fort at Mezyad, believed to have been built in the 1890s. The fort will be re-opened to the public during the upcoming next phase of the project.\r\n\r\n\r\nAl-Ain contains some of the most prized and unique attractions in the region and internationally. These include other Unesco World Heritage Sites, such as the six oases and the archaeological sites of Hili and Bida bin Saud.