After a hearty brunch and a heapful of biryani, and with a mind to walk off all that calories we took the scenic route to the Al Ain Oasis
. We headed in the general westerly direction past the Al Ain Cooperative Society
’s Central Super Market, past Al Ain’s very own Gold Souq
and changed directions south past the Masjid at Al Mutawaa Al Ain
at a large roundabout before arriving at the entrance to the Oasis.
|the entrance, we chatted with the friendly guard|
|he was pleasantly surprised that we were Malaysians|
|we bade him a fond farewell|
Although this was not the first time
that we have been here we will still filled with excitement and loved the fact that there is no entry fee to visit the Oasis. We chatted up the security personnel entrance at the entrance who was amazed that Malaysians knew about about the Oasis.
We ambled freely into its shaded pathways and say this with conviction: if other places that we had visited were took us back in time, the Oasis gave us the distinct feeling that time stood still!
|as we wandered along|
|to a place where time stood still|
|an amazing blend of history, travel, trade and culture|
|a cooling and calming forest like area|
|in the middle of the desert|
|haven for travellers of the desert since ancient times|
|really lives up to its name in every way|
|it still has palm plantations|
|and is still used for irrigation|
|quite close to Al Ain Museum|
|it does like like time stood still|
This historic oasis sprawls across 3,000-acre and provides a unique insight into the region's inhabitants who began taming the desert 4,000 years ago. The Al Ain Oasis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, but only now, with the construction of an educational Eco-Centre and an extensive system of shaded pathways that wind through some 147,000 date palms, is it open to the public. The site houses up to 100 different varieties of vegetation that surround the impressive oasis, with widespread plantations that are also working farms.
|plenty of useful signage|
|beduin's palm-leaf house, the 'arish'|
|a stop over where you can get refreshments|
|enjoying the afternoon sun|
|old rusted gates harking back to olden times|
|a musholla or small prayer room|
|despite the signage we did get a little lost|
|entry is restricted after sunset|
|so do come here during the day|
|irrigation system called falaj still operates|
After about an hour of ambling along the pathways we reached the end, and exited near the Al Ain National Museum which was closed for renovations. We then headed back to the bus station, but not before paying the local fish market a visit.
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