Al-Ain (literally The Spring), also known as the Garden City due to its greenery, 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. With a population of 650,000 (as of 2013), it is located approximately 160 kilometers (99 mi) east of the capital Abu Dhabi and about 120 kilometers (75 mi) south of Dubai. Al-‘Ain is the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, and has the highest proportion of Emirati nationals (30.8%).
Al-‘Ain is located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, inland on the border with Oman. The freeways connecting Al-‘Ain, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai form a geographic triangle in the country, each city being roughly 130 kilometers (81 mi) from the other two.