Pictures of Abu Dhabi nature: Al Ain Oasis, oryx, and Jebel Hafeet.
Al Ain Oasis in Abu Dhabi. © ADTA
Al Ain, also known as the Garden City, is the second largest city in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. It is located on the border with Oman.
Set among lush oases and palm plantations, Al Ain is a city filled with history, culture and nature. The ancestral home of Abu Dhabi’s ruling Al Nahyan family – which archaeological remains date back to well before Egypt’s Pyramids of Cheops – is the heritage heart of the emirate.
Al Ain is the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates
Al Ain has seven oases. The largest is Al Ain Oasis.
Al Ain Oasis
In the heart of the city, this impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. The shady walkways transport you from the heat and noise of the city to a tranquil haven – all you’ll hear is birdsong and the rustle of the palm fronds. Picnic tables are available at the main entrance to the oasis, and there is a restaurant in the centre of the plantation.
The farms have plenty of working examples of falaj which bring water from boreholes to water farms and palm trees. Falaj irrigation is an ancient system dating back thousands of years.
There are eight different entrances, some of which have arched gates, and there is no entry fee.
Adjacent to the oasis are the Al Ain National Museum to the east and the Al Ain Palace Museum to the west.
Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort
This is the most progressive facility of its kind in the region, and is home to over 4,000 animals; at least 30% of the 180 species in the park are considered endangered.. The park covers 900 hectares of land near the base of Jebel Hafeet.
Visitors can observe the large collection of animals in enclosures built to resemble their natural habitats as closely as possible. Giraffes, zebras and rhinoceroses co-exist in the mixed African exhibit, while wildlife typical of the local region, such as the indigenous Arabian oryx and sand gazelle, share a habitat.
Oryx in Abu Dhabi. © ADTA
Jebel Hafeet in Abu Dhabi. © ADTA
Jebel Hafeet is a 1,200m high rocky outcrop rising from the flat desert plain outside Al Ain. The mountain offers an impressive view over the city. Its archaeological and biological features are playing a major role in Al Ain’s bid for World Heritage Site status. Jebel Hafeet has prehistoric desert encampments and is home to more than 115 species of plant, 140 species of bird and 18 species of mammal including the Arabian tahr (an endangered wild goat).
Jebel Hafeet offers an impressive view over the city. It has an extensive natural cave system. Hot springs gush geo-thermally heated water from the ground along Jebel Hafeet’s lower slopes, turning either side of the streams a verdant green.
At the foothills of Jabal Hafeet lies the Green Mubazarrah, a famous tourist attraction. At the Green Mubazarrah, hot-water springs gush forth in little streams and form a lake. Swimming pools and jacuzzis are scattered all over the Green Mubazarrah.