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Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain

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Explore one of the most essential aspects of urban infrastructure at Al Ain Oasis, a peaceful urban oasis--literally. Known for its below-ground falaj irrigation system, with sloping underground channels transporting water from the main source to key areas, the site possesses an agricultural, historical, and biological importance. Recognized internationally as a significant heritage site, the irrigation system dates back some 3,000 years, and many of the palm plantations here still function as farms. Covering an area of 1,200 hectares (2,965 acres), the oasis and surrounding plantations are home to more than 147,000 date palms of 100 different varieties. Follow the shady pathways and take in the greenery and tranquility. With our international travel planner, Al Ain attractions like Al Ain Oasis can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It was a one of a kind experience in the desert. This is indeed an oasis with all the lovely palm trees and beautifully maintained path way. But always remember to take the buggy ride or keep a note o...  more »
  • Al Ain is situated in the middle of the desert close to the border with Oman. By car, from building Dhabi is roughly 90 minutes here. The oasis town is not at all comparable to the modern cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Here everything is quiet and peaceful. During the trip through the city the countless roundabouts are once we noticed. We have never before seen so much. Al Ain offers some attractions that make a visit worthwhile. There are four museums, we all like to have looked at in the city. The evening well worth an excursion on the Jabal Hafeet. The view of the city is fantastically beautiful. Bottom line: We spent three days here and there liked us very well. It is quiet and original as in Abu Dhabi. There is also enough to see.
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  • We visited on a very hot July day and hardly anything was open...not the gift shop, no maps available nor any information within the Oasis. I read some very good reviews about informaton presented and...  more »
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  • Very nice place to go for a walk. There is also a museum attached to learn about UAE history. I love this place.
  • This is good seeable place but you you have cycle to visit this area you will feel confortable very nice and big place
  • I love this plàce it's so nice and green
  • Great place to visit...very quite, you can rent a bike for a nice ride
  • A place demonstrating farming in desert.

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Where to stay in Al Ain

While Al Ain doesn't offer much in the way of true budget accommodations, many of its mid-range and luxury hotels are surprisingly good value. You'll find most hotels in the narrow streets of the old town, as well as some larger resorts around the fringes. Several of the city's hotels have swimming pools, which could provide welcome relief from the blistering heat. You can buy alcohol--heavily restricted throughout the U.A.E--at a few of the large hotels in Al Ain, including the Hilton and the Mercure Grand.
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