Al Ain known as the Garden City of UAE, is the fourth largest city and is naturally fertile and abundant in greenery. It lies at the foot of a range of mountains called the Hijar dividing UAE from Oman and has over 10,000 hectares of mesmerizing gardens and parks. It is the birthplace of the late and much loved Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father and first President of UAE.
For centuries the Oasis of Al Ain played a significant role as a caravan stop on ancient trade router from Oman to Ancient Persia, India and the Mediterranean. Meaning “the spring’ in Arabic also known as the Oasis City, it’s heritage and tradition is famous for Archeological excavations discovered and revealed tombs over 4000 years old and is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements.
It emerges as a city of importance in imperative measures such as agriculture, education and tourism. The oasis is rich with traditional souk selling variety of goods from handicraft to camels.
The Al Ain oasis flourishes with palm plantation. It serves as escape of the heat and noise of the city to a cool, shady and serene haven. In addition the Oasis still has working farms with traditional irrigation system “ falaj” which has been used for centuries to tap into underground wells.
Today, Al Ain’s visitor can be part of its history by exploring its museums and renovated forts on footsteps to a memorable experience of the emirates and its rulers.