The trip started at around 630 am. We were supposed to meet with the group at 7 am by Dubai Outlet Mall (which is in Dubai – Al Ain Road). But of course, we were all late. 😀
Once everyone was on site, I turned on my Google Maps/ GPS and went on our way. Yes, I used GPS because this was only my second time in the city. Our first stop was at Al Ain Oasis.
In the heart of Al Ain, near Al Ain National Museum, this impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. The cool, shady walkways transport you from the heat and noise of the city to a tranquil haven; all you’ll hear is birdsong and the rustle of the palm fronds. Employing a 3,000-year-old falaj irrigation system, Al Ain Oasis features a series of mesmerizing water channels that give life to the palm plantations in this inner-city paradise. Spread over 1,200 hectares (nearly 3,000 acres) and containing more than 147,000 date palms of up to 100 different varieties, choose one of eight separate entrances to explore how countless generations have tapped into underground wells to keep the beautiful city green. Entry is free.
Al Ain Oasis is one of the oases listed in the Unesco World Heritage Sites which features the falaj irrigation system. (I won’t dwell too much on the information because that’s what Mr. Google is for, right? 😀 )
We walked in and was welcomed by a long shaded alley which leads to more alleys. At some point we just stopped and had some sandwiches because we haven’t had breakfast! We contemplated if we should go further but decided against it because we don’t want to get lost in this maze like garden.
I would have loved to know more about the area but no one was there to talk to. They should have some kind of brochure and a map because Al Ain Oasis has 8 entrances! In fact, when we were back in our cars, we kinda got lost getting out of the parking lot that we ended up back inside the plantation. Panic attack! The alleys were just wide enough for our car and we can’t turn around.
Thankfully we were able to find the way out. LOL!!
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