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Falaj of the Emirates.. Springs of Goodness tells the story of the ancestors' genius

  • Aflaj Al-Emarat attracts those who want to relax and spend the best times between greenery and water.

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The springs and streams of the aflaj, from which water flows throughout the Emirates, have turned into tourist destinations that attract those wishing to relax and spend the most beautiful times between greenery and water, especially at these times of the year, which is witnessing the “The Most Beautiful Winter in the World” campaign.

Aflaj are considered a historical Emirati heritage that constituted a main artery of life and a renewable spring overflowing with goodness, and a testament to the ancestors’ genius in water flow engineering. Highlighting the elements of heritage and national identity.

The aflaj tell the story of the persistence of the ancestors and their achievements that the sons are proud of, as they are ancient cultural legacies that must be preserved.

Aflaj engineering confirms the ingenuity of the Emirati man and his ability to plan and build tight and strong channels capable of withstanding the factors of nature and time, in order to preserve an important economic resource, as its water has played a major role since ancient times in cultivating vast oases of orchards that still exist.

Al-Ain, which was known in the past as the “City of Aflaj”, includes the largest number of Aflaj in the Emirates, including: Al-Hili, Al-Raki, Al-Ghashabi, Al-Mutaalij, Al-Hinyami, Al-Khuzami, Al-Muwaiji, Al-Mutared, Al-Qattara, Al-Jimi, Al-Ainy, Al-Dawoodi, Al-Masoudi, Al-Jahili, Hazaa , Mazyad, Falaj Sa`a, Wadi Al-Hamam, Al-Habib, and Falaj of Hili Games City.

Since the forties of the last century, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, paid special attention to the falaj of Al-Ain, as he ordered its expansion and development, especially the Al-Ainy falaj “Al-Sarouj”, whose development process lasted between 1948 and 1966.

Hatta is considered one of the most important cities in the country that attracts visitors, as it has become a haven for recreation and a destination for those seeking tranquility and nature lovers, which mix between mountains and greenery, which is the fruit of its falajs from which water flows.

Hatta is famous for its historical falajs, which are called “Dawoodiyya”, the most famous of which is (Sharia), the falaj, which is a destination for those eagerly aspiring to the secrets of history, and to bring water from its sources in the stomachs of the Hatta Mountains to flow into its flat agricultural areas.

The techniques of building the "Davidian" aflaj, in their entirety, go back thousands of years, and until now the Falaj (Sharia) in Hatta has not disclosed its secrets, as research is still ongoing to investigate its engineering, design, and the environment in which it was built.

And reveal all its exciting details to researchers.

on the UNESCO list

The UAE crowned its efforts to preserve the Aflaj system with success in 2020 in including the national Aflaj file, submitted on behalf of the Emirates, in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during the 15th regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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