Al Ain, UAE: Al Ain Municipality in the UAE used satellite and aerial imagery besides normal photographs to unearth a trove of information relating to the date palm oases of Al Ain. It aims to map the seven green spaces that are considered jewels of Arabian culture and traditions. The date palms and oases have given Al Ain the tag of Oasis City.
The data would be used to create topographical maps that could find diverse applications, including the future protection of the oases and the promotion of cultural tourism. The maps would also provide a detailed description of the palm trees, springs, and other geographical components inside and in the oases’ surroundings.
Al Ain Municipality, which is spearheading the project, announced the successful collection of all the required data on Monday. The oases are located in Hili, Al Qattara, Al Mutaredh, Al Jimi, Al Muwaiji, Al Jahili, and Al Markazyyah (Town Centre) districts.
Mohammad Hamad Al Aryani, Executive Director of Urban Planning and Municipal Lands at Al Ain Municipality, said the project would facilitate the creation of an accurate database on the limits, territories and population aspects in each of the oases. “Experts will be able to get precise information on the density of the oases, water requirements, besides geographical, cultural and natural factors that would be critical for any future planning and development,” he added.