United Arab Emirates
Ţawī al ‘Ayn

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  • Day153


    January 29, 2018 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After we had left Dubai behind, the landscape turned into a desert of sand dunes. We've never seen it like this before
    but the continuous hum of traffic (there are only a few highways crossing the desert) made it less idyllic. And meanwhile, 'dune bashing' with motorbikes, quads and other vehicles became so popular that you can hardly spot an area without tire tracks.

    We had not that much luck these days: Our try to get on a less frequented road failed because we were not allowed to continue at an Omani border checkpoint, the road was for locals only. Two flat tires followed and Hauke's cold got worse. But Al-Ain should become our oasis, for relaxation and cure :)

    As cyclists, we enjoyed a preferential treatment in a 5* hotel and received a suite, enjoyed the rooftop pool, sauna, jacuzzi and took time to explore the Al-Ain oasis in the heart of the city, an UNESCO site. The cleverly designed irrigation system, the lush green and the tweet of the birds are impressive and made it easy to imagine being in a tropical paradise.

    Then we're ready for Oman!
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  • Day4

    Al Ain Palace Museum

    December 20, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Die zweite Station ist dann der 1937 erbaute Palast des verstorbenen Scheich Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, der seit 2001 der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich ist. Die Scheichfamilie von Abu Dhabi kommt wohl aus dieser Gegend. Im Palast lernt man vor allem etwas über das Familengefüge der Herrschenden, durchaus interessant.
    Das Zelt, in welchem Scheich Zayed im Winter seine Gäste zu empfangen pflegte, wurde ebenfalls aufgebaut und symbolisiert die Art von Leben, auf die der Scheich. Interessanter Vorläufer der heutigen Tradition der Emiraties.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ţawī al ‘Ayn, Tawi al `Ayn