The Miniature Oasis is a small-scale reconstruction showing the elements, water distribution and architecture of the Al Ain Oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s garden city about one and a half hours away from the capital. In this compact example, small depressions in the ground represent cultivated gardens.
Featuring scale models of the existing historic buildings and the falaj (ancient traditional irrigation) network that carries water to the gardens, this replica is a great way to understand how exactly the oasis has worked for 4,000 years. The roads built on top of the earth embankments, the exploitation of gravity to water the gardens, and the use of clay from the farms to make mud bricks to build houses and structures, all visually explain why the garden level is lower than the road level.
This replica is a great way to understand the workings of the oasis, , and to identify the forts and ancient buildings which surround it.
These buildings are:
- Sultan Bin Zayed Fort (The Eastern Fort)
Al Jahili Fort
Al Murabbaa Fort
Al Ain Palace Museum