Touring the Jimi and Qattara Oases



Touring the Jimi and Qattara Oases

Al Ain, the Garden City, is the modern version of what was once a series of separate oasis communities. Several of these original oasis communities have now been redeveloped and some of the original structures reconstructed. However, there are still some of the original mudbrick buildings to enjoy for those willing to take the time to explore.

Photos by Geoff Sanderson

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Sections of the original mudbrick walls are still evident 
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Thoughtless industrial dumping around the perimeter of each oasis is still a problem
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The new walls and pathways are attractive but evidently no more immune to destruction than the mud walls
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At the Qattara oasis, the main gate -- Bab al Qattara -- is still in place though in poor repair
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Helene in the shadows near one of the original towers
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The tower soars above the tops of the date palms
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The Qattara souq is being used as houses for laborers
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At the Jimi Oasis, this picnic area is very popular with the green parrots that visit each winter
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The Jimi picnic area and one of the two remaining original structures
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On one visit, workmen were making mud bricks for a fortified home
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The mud mixing area; clay is mixed with straw in the traditional manner
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Mud bricks drying in the sun
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One of the completed houses plastered in sarooj
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Just outside the Jimi oasis, young girls enjoying television outside their home
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A modern tannour oven
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View across the Jimi oasis towards downtown
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Setting sun over the Jimi oasis
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Flood irrigation is still the way crops are watered
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Water was once delivered from wells dug throughout the oases
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Today water is pumped in to irrigate the crops
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Some farm plots are more carefully kept than others
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Suckers are allowed to mature on this date palm; suckers are a second revenue stream for farmers


 


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