With so many happenings emerging in Abu Dhabi, it’s easy to overlook its humble suburb, Al Ain.
But the Garden City (as it’s called) has recently made noise after bagging a significant honour alongside some of the world’s best landmarks.
It’s worth noting that there are currently 1,092 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, making this latest honour an impressive achievement.
The list – analysed using the number of geotags done on Instagram – garnered 157,003 geotags enough for it to secure a slot inside the 100 ranking.
Al Ain is of course home to various historical sites that give a glimpse of the country’s rich past, including Al Rumailah, Hili, Al Jahili Fort, Jebel Hafeet and Qasr Al Muwaiji, which is the former home of UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed.
One of the city’s significant spots is the Al Ain Oasis.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, the landmark is touted as the largest oasis in Al Ain with over 147,000 date palm trees and known for its ancient underground irrigation system known as falaj.
Going back to the list, Al Ain Oasis joins other prestigious heritage sites including Petra in Jordan, Egypt’s Cairo, Byblos in Lebanon, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Statue of Liberty in America and Tower of London in the UK.