Al Ain Oasis
Al Ain Oasis is the largest and oldest palm oasis in the country. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. The site is shaped by a complex shared water supply, based on both wells and 'falaj', the UAE's traditional irrigation system that have been used for centuries to tap into underground wells. Through the construction of Education Eco-Center, a series of interactive exhibits and continued showcase of traditional farming methods takes place for public. Visitors can wind through some 147,000 date palms and 100 different vegetation, with widespread plantations that are also working farms.
The oasis was developed to provide a rich cultural experience for visitors, as the ecological centre was built at the entrance of the oasis through a series of wonderful interactive exhibits, highlighting the measures taken to preserve the ecosystem. Farmers also contribute to dazzling visitors by displaying traditional farming methods. An experience of a specially designed environmental centre has been built listing the components of this UNESCO World Heritage site in the Al Ain region through a series of amazing and entertaining interactive exhibits. The oasis also highlights to visitors the valuable contribution that farmers in Al Ain make through a continuous display of traditional agricultural methods, and through the development of a year-round program that is full of festivals, events and interactive activities to provide a rich cultural experience. It includes: Interior paths of the oasis and distinctive awareness panels, number of restaurants,cafes and free parking connected to nearby visitor center. Adjacent to the oasis are Al Ain National Museum and Sultan Bin Zayed Fort to the east, and Al Ain Palace Museum to the west. Here you can discover the Falaj system network that carries water to palm farms. In the public square of Al Ain Oasis you will find restaurants, cafes and shops selling the products of the oasis. You can also enjoy the relaxation areas and the view of Jabal Al-Naqfa, where you may be able to admire the surrounding scenery. It is a miniature embodiment that highlights the physical, water and spatial components of the oasis. In addition to the roads built on the highest dirt barriers, and how to use gravity to irrigate farms. The extraction of clay from farms to make clay bricks that are used in building homes and facilities explains why the ground level is lower than the road level.
It is worth mentioning that both Al Ain City Municipality and Abu Dhabi Culture & Tourism are responsible for the for maintaining the oases of Al Ain City with all its assets, as they carry out maintenance and development operations for the Al Ain Oasis and pay attention to all administrative aspects of the park. The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Tourism has developed the oases by establishing several recreational facilities in the park and providing all means For the convenience of visitors, as for the city of Al Ain, it supervises the maintenance of all agricultural assets, the paths of the aflaj and the eyes, and work to achieve the sustainability of the oases by recycling palm products and distributing their furniture in the oases of the city of Al Ain to achieve environmental sustainability A panoramic tower is also being studied to create a complete view of the oases. Through the design, the needs of all segments of society were met in addition to providing a meeting room in the middle of the oasis. The integration of design and implementation work for Al Ain Oasis resulted in an environmental, social and economic sustainability of the Al Ain City Oasis.