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Teach Abroad in Al Ain

Al Ain

The city of Al Ain is a medium sized city of just over half a million people. Due to its size, it has all amenities and facilities you'd expect from a city that size. Known as the Oasis City, it is lush and green and a pleasant break from the harsh desert. The name Al Ain means "the spring" in Arabic and looking at the lush greenery of the city it's not hard to imagine why. Unlike Abu Dhabi City, you won't find any skyscrapers here. The building regulations have strict limits on height so the many trees always remain the dominating feature of the city. While the city has a higher number of Emirati citizens compared to Abu Dhabi City, it's by all means a very cosmopolitan place where it's easy to get around with English. The city is very close to the Omani border making it a great base for weekend trips to Muscat (the capital of Oman) or excursions into the mountains that surround Al Ain.

In 2011, Al Ain was granted UNESCO's World Heritage Status. The organization has cited Al Ain’s distinguished cultural sites and the geological, archaeological and historic importance of sites throughout the city. These include: Jebel Hafit, the 1,249 metre high peak – the highest in the emirate -  which backdrops the city and which boasts 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years in its foothills;  the bronze and iron age sites of Hili; the tombs of the Bida Bint Saud area as well as Al Ain’s ancient oases with their preserved traditional Al Falaj system which irrigated palm groves and farms.