Al Ain Oasis

Oasis in Al Ain

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Eight gates lead into the great date plantations of this famous oasis – the UAE's first curated Unesco World Heritage site – with some 150,000 trees of around 100 varieties. Simply wander around this tranquil, jungly maze, away from the hubbub of the city, and keep an eye out for the 3000-year-old falaj natural irrigation system lacing the grounds. It's easy to get lost – if you do, ask a security guard for a lift on a buggy (offer a tip).

There's a small cafe and a winter-only gift shop and horse and pony rides. The oasis is off Zayed bin Sultan St.