Al Ain Oasis covers 1,200 hectares and provides a unique insight into the region's inhabitants who began taming the desert 4,000 years ago. Located in the centre of Al Ain, the oasis is a 90-minute drive away from the capital and free to enter. Here, visitors can get up close to a traditional falaj, an ancient irrigation system that today nourishes local grasslands and over 147,000 date palms and fruit trees.
Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain Oasis is a perfect place for those looking to immerse themselves in nature, and a stroll around the oasis is a breathtaking way to do it. Sprawling pathways are shaded by a vibrant canopy of trees blooming with fruits like mangoes, oranges and bananas. The oasis is also ripe for exploration on two wheels. Relax and ride a bicycle underneath the dappled shade of the palm fronds for a more unique excursion.
For those looking for an educational trip, make sure to stop by the Eco-Centre. Interactive exhibits show visitors how Al Ain Oasis's falaj system works, and how the treasured local ecosystem is being preserved. There’s no need to worry about ticket price as the Eco-Centre is free of charge.
The water supplying Al Ain Oasis comes from nearby wells and the ancient falaj system itself, which delivers water from distant underground and mountain aquifers to local farms via a system of aqueducts.
There are two main falaj systems serving the oasis in Abu Dhabi: Al Aini and Dawood. They provide water to two separate parts of the oasis and both come from the southeast, the direction in which the Hajar Mountains and the nearby Jebel Hafit mountain lie. Once inside the oasis, water is distributed via an intricate network of channels. Distribution is regulated by blocking channels in a manner that directs water to the required areas only.