Al Ain Oasis
Al-Ain Oasis (Arabic: وَاحَـة الْـعَـيْـن, translit. Wāḥat al-‘Ayn, "Oasis of the Spring") is the largest oasis in the city of Al Ain, within the Eastern Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.
وَاحَـة الْـعَـيْـن (in Arabic)
An alley in the oasis
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Elevation||292 m (958 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (UAE Standard Time)|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)|
|Criteria||Cultural: iii, iv, v|
|Inscription||2011 (35th Session)|
It is located in Al-Mutawa'a District in central Al-Ain, and east of Al-Jahili District. The border between Al-Ain City and the Omani town of Al Buraimi is to the northwest. Adjacent to the oasis are Al Ain National Museum to the east, and Al Ain Palace Museum to the west. To south is Al Ain Sports Club. To the southwest are Al Ain Etisalat Building and the Oasis Hospital. Al Ain Oasis is also known as Al-Jahily Falaj. It was built by Zayed the Grand.
The oasis is known for its underground irrigation system (falaj or qanāt), which brings water from boreholes to water farms and palm trees. The falaj irrigation is an ancient system dating back thousands of years and is used widely in Oman, UAE, India, Iran, and other countries.
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