Combining a lush palm oasis with indigenous trees, traditional ‘falaj’ irrigation and 300-year-old buildings, Al Jimi Oasis in Al Ain will take visitors back in time. The oasis is an agricultural area with a thick cover of palm trees, which also contains mosques and heavily fortified houses that speaks to the agricultural and administrative importance of the oasis from the early 1700s onward.
There are more than a dozen restored buildings in the oasis, including forts and watchtowers that were built in part to protect the falaj irrigation system (water channels), which primarily use below-ground canals to bring water from distant aquifers to the oasis’s palm plantations, fields and gardens.
Among the most important structures in the oasis are the nearly 300-year-old residence and mosque of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Ahmad Al Dhaheri. The mosque features a passageway to a prayer room and an external staircase leading to the roof. Its simple design and construction characterise the architecture of the time.
Located to the south of Al Jimi Oasis is the round Al Jimi Watchtower, built by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Hilal Al Dhaheri in the second half of the 19th century. The tower is approximately six metres in diameter and 14 metres tall, gradually narrowing towards the top. There are no windows on the ground floor, and the tower is accessed only from a single narrow doorway.
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