over 7,000 years, eight oases of Al Ain have attracted thousands of traders, passers-by and settlers, making it a centre for agriculture and focus point for travellers.
The traditional falaj system – ancient underground irrigation system – would irrigate one oasis at a time. The water came from atop the mountain, up to 30km away, where a series of wells were dug. A network of tunnels was then created to channel the water to the plantations. Each date palm orchard was provided with water for a set amount of time before its channel was “dammed” most likely with stones, metal or clothes, and the water was diverted elsewhere.