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Al Ain Oasis

Abu Dhabi

All about Al Ain Oasis

Al Ain Oasis is the perfect place to experience what life was like in the UAE thousands of years ago. Al Ain is known as the garden city and the oasis is its most beguiling attraction.

Farmers have been cultivating this part of the Rub al Khali desert for 4,000 years and the same irrigation system is still used to this day.

Discover another world under a canopy of 147,000 date palms made up of 100 different varieties. They are accompanied by fruit trees, including mango, banana and fig.

Learn about Al Ain Oasis’ history through the interactive displays and explore on foot, horseback or by bike to discover its secrets.

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Best for...

Families looking to get involved with interesting, interactive displays and lovers of green space and spending time surrounded by nature.

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You’ll love…

Seeing the dappled light shining through the trees, experiencing Abu Dhabi’s great outdoors and learning about vital farming traditions. 

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Explore the falaj system

Follow the ancient channels that make up the falaj system of irrigation, which has been keeping the Al Ain Oasis watered for millennia. These channels are blocked and opened to direct the water to where it is needed throughout the complex.

It has travelled to the oasis over many miles via above and below ground aqueducts from the direction of the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Hafeet. It’s astonishing to think this intricate system has remained unchanged, and truly effective, for thousands of years.

Al Ain Oasis’ location is just a four-minute drive from Al Ain City and around 90 minutes by car from the centre of Abu Dhabi.

The route from Abu Dhabi Corniche to Al Ain Oasis is a fairly direct way to travel. Heading inland it is driven almost entirely on the E22 road. Simply follow the signposts to Al Ain for most of the way until they become signs for Al Ain Oasis.

To travel to Al Ain Oasis from Yas Island, take the E11 road to the roundabout where it joins with the E22. From here it is very straightforward, as this road goes all the way to Al Ain. Once in the city, take Sayed Bin Sultan Street and look out for signposts.

Getting from Saadiyat Island to Al Ain Oasis means starting on the E12 road, before turning onto the E11 at the Al Reef roundabout. After a short while, another roundabout will bring you onto the E22, which goes all the way to Al Ain.

On site amenities


There is plenty of free parking at either end of the Al Ain Oasis complex.

What to wear

Al Ain Oasis enjoys plenty of shade, however it still gets warm under the Abu Dhabi sun, so wear light, loose clothing, a hat and top up sun cream regularly.


A small kiosk inside the oasis offers soft drinks and snacks to visitors. Be sure to stock up on bottled water.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The wide, paved paths of the Al Ain Oasis make it accessible for travellers who use wheelchairs or use a walking stick.

Al Ain Oasis: FAQs

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Jebel Hafeet

Take in stunning views of Al Ain from the top of Jebel Hafeet. This mountain is particularly majestic at sunrise and sunset.

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Heritage Village

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Did you know…

Farmers have been bringing life to the desert at Al Ain Oasis for more than four millennia.

There are two falaj systems at Al Ain Oasis – Al Aini and Dawood.

Each individual plot of land at Al Ain Oasis is separated by historic boundary walls.

Al Ain Oasis was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site certified in the UAE.

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