Al Ain Oasis – Serenity in the City

It was a long weekend due to the National Day in UAE, and we didn’t want to waste time lazing around the house. So we hit the roads towards the AL Ain Oasis. We have been randomly and faintly hearing about this place from people, so wanted to check it out our selves.

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Al Ain the Arabic word for ‘The Spring’ and is named the same due to its cooler climate resulting from the presence of lush greenery and agricultural innovations. The Oasis, located at the heart of the city, is a farm land built around tarred walk ways with walls. Recently this place has been opened as the UAE’s first curated UNESCO World Heritage site visitor experience. Different varieties of date palms and pines grew on the either sides of the walkway.
The whole farm was followed a three tier architecture, starting with different types of grains and rice in the middle, followed by fruits and vegetables and the Pine trees and date palms. Trees and palms mainly guard the central region from the heavy dessert winds and sand storms. They also provided a shady canopy for the walk ways too.
One of the key features and an interesting concept is the irrigation methodology used here. The underground irrigation system known as “falaj” brings water from boreholes to water farms and palm trees. The falaj irrigation is an ancient system dating back thousands of years and is used widely in Oman, UAE, China, Iran and other countries.
Besides all these, there are recreational facilities like mosques, coffee shops, relaxing sheds which can be used by the tourist and the staffs.
Al Ain Oasis center is a tranquil haven whether you are a tourist or a resident of UAE and you enjoy peace and quietness away from the noisy city. Besides it very much clean and very well maintained. Kudos to the care takers!

-Luv n Peace;
Vinayak

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