Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A trip to Al Ain Oasis

We love to take guests to Al Ain because it's such a nice contrast to the big cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The city is beautiful and very green and still works hard to maintain the Arabian feel and culture. We did three things on this particular day trip: Al Ain Oasis, Jebel Hafeet 'mountain' and the Al Ain museum.
This is a view from the top of Jebel Hafeet. It's about a 30 minute drive up a huge wide curving road. It was a gorgeous day, but a little hazy.
This is a view within the Al Ain Oasis. The Oasis is a collection of date palm plots owned by local residents. There is an old irrigation trough running through the oasis that allows the plots to be watered. You can drive through the area and stop along the way to take photos. All the plots are fenced off so you can't walk through the trees but can see them from the road.
We had lunch at a hotel near the top of Jebel Hafeet. This isn't the hotel, but a private residence near it that looked in the process of being built.

We then went back down the mountain and spent some time at the Al Ain museum, which is small but well organized and interesting. We realized the jet lag was taking it's toll as we started to hear snoring while watching one of the videos in the museum. It was time to head back to Abu Dhabi.

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