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Combining a lush palm oasis with indigenous trees, falaj irrigation and historic buildings, this oasis in Al Ain takes you back in time
Al Jimi Oasis is not only an agricultural area with a thick cover of palm trees, but also contains mosques and fortified houses that speak to the agricultural and administrative importance of the oasis from the 18th century onward.


There are more than a dozen historic earthen buildings in the oasis, including forts and watchtowers that were built in part to protect the falaj irrigation system, which uses underground water canals to bring water from the nearby mountains to the oasis palm plantations, fields and gardens. 


The oasis sits in a sunken basin that is divided into a series of palm gardens. In addition to the palm trees, fruit trees grow under the palm canopy. In the past, fields around the outer edge of the oasis were used for winter cereal crops, and beyond that was a zone for animals to forage.
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Among the most important structures in the oasis is the late 19th century fortified residence of Sheikh Ahmad bin Hilal Al Dhaheri, representative of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa (r. 1855 to 1909) in Al Ain. The house provides a fine example of a residential fort built to protect the oasis, the falaj and the farms and houses that fell under his jurisdiction.
 
A nearby mosque reflects the simple design and construction that characterise the architecture of the time. 
In addition to the many gun openings in its perimeter wall, the defences of the house were augmented by two watchtowers. Approximately twenty-five rooms in the house provided storage and accommodation for family, guests, servants and guards.
 

Al Jimi Watchtower



Located to the south of Al Jimi Oasis is the round Al Jimi Watchtower, built by Sheikh Ahmad bin Hilal Al Dhaheri in the second half of the 19th century. The tower is approximately 6 metres in diameter and 14 metres tall, gradually narrowing towards the top. It served to protect the ‘shareea of the falaj’, the point where the water supply comes to the surface and is accessed for drinking and irrigation.

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In addition to palm plantations, the oasis features large native trees, such as the sidr and the ghaf, and other plants cultivated for their medicinal properties. 

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