Now open: Al Ain Oasis, the UAE's first UNESCO World Heritage Site

Now open: Al Ain Oasis, the UAE's first UNESCO World Heritage Site


Text: Faizal Dahlawia

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Five years after earning the UNESCO heritage stamp of approval, a piece of UAE history is now open to the public.

Al Ain Oasis, a part of the UAE's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now open to explore. Following a decree by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the oasis, along with five others, are now part of a preservation effort to ensure that it would still stand for the coming generations.

Dating back as far as 2000 years, the oasis now spreads over 1,200 hectares and is filled with more than 140,000 date trees, providing the perfect drop of greenery. At the centre of the visitor experience is the Eco-Centre, aptly built from sustainable materials and which offers a comprehensive educational experience. Other highlights include the West Gate Exhibition, an artistic interpretation of the past traditions connected with the water that flows through the many veins and channels within the compound. 

In addition to the six Al Ain oases, the UAE UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of Hafit Tombs, the Hili settlement and Bidaa Bint Saud. For more information, go to visitabudhabi.aeThen, take a look at the British royals' visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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