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Al Qattara Oasis
Al Qattara Oasis

Al Qattara Oasis

9.33 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site
Ranked #5 in Al Ain things to do
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Al Abbas Ibn Abdul Muttaleb Street, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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Nizwa, Oman
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What could be more evocative of old Arabia than an oasis of date palms clustered around the ruins of a castle in the desert? The fort at the edge of the palms has been lovingly restored and now acts as a center for the arts where you can take classes on Arabic calligraphy, pottery and photography. They also host cultural events and art exhibitions. Next to the fort is a traditional souq (market) where you can buy local handicrafts made in the same way they have been for centuries. Just next door to the souq you'll find one of the rowdiest shisha places in town with nightly music and a door that is always open. The main attraction at the oasis is, however, the oasis itself. Take a stroll along the quiet, shaded walkways and listen to the murmur of the falaj (ancient water channels), the breeze rustling the palm fronds overhead and imagine just how little and yet how much this narrow corner of the world has actually changed in the last 41 years.

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