A High‑tech Oa­sis in the Desert

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the Unites States, and South Africa. To take your steak to the next level of in­dul­gence, you can en­hance your meal with grilled Omani lob­ster tail or seared scal­lops.

Delve into the his­tory of Abu Dhabi by spend­ing a day in the Oa­sis City, Al Ain.

Just an hour-and-a-half’s drive from the city cen­tre, Al Ain is one of the old­est per­ma­nently in­hab­ited set­tle­ments in the world, and is a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site. But that is not the only rea­son why the Gar­den City is so revered.

Al Ain Oa­sis has been opened as the UAE’S first cu­rated UN­ESCO World Her­itage site vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence – and what an ex­pe­ri­ence it is. One of the knowl­edge­able guides takes you through the his­tory of the oa­sis, in­clud­ing the tra­di­tional ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem that has been in use for cen­turies. A multi-me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion uses in­ter­ac­tive, dig­i­tal sto­ry­boards to ex­plain the cul­tural his­tory of the area. The lush oa­sis cov­ers 1,200 hectares and con­tains thou­sands of trees and lush veg­e­ta­tion. The Al Ain Oa­sis, which com­bines his­tory and nat­u­ral beauty, is well worth a visit.

Abu Dhabi has so much to of­fer trav­ellers – from those who wish to re­lax the days away on a beach hol­i­day, to those who pre­fer be­ing in the cen­tre of the city’s ac­tion, all the way to va­ca­tion­ers who wish to delve into his­tory. This is more than just a city at the height of moder­nity, it is a place where trea­sured mem­o­ries and un­for­get­table mo­ments are made.

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