Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Al Ain Oasis

Date Palms, Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain, UAE  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
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Known as the "Garden City" of the UAE, Al Ain developed around a cluster of date palm oases in the desert. Becky and I walked the stone paved lanes of the largest of these havens from the heat, the Al Ain Oasis. 

It is divided into small farm plots, and is well watered by an ancient underground irrigation system called falaj. Dense shade provides habitat for birds which can be heard in abundance, especially Laughing Doves, Collard Doves, White-eared Bulbuls and Common Mynas.

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