AL AIN // Oases and archaeological landmarks in the Garden City are to be developed as valuable historical sites under new plans to boost tourism.
The proposal was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, as part of a development project with Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture.
Castles and forts will be transformed into visitor attractions, Sheikh Mohammed said on Saturday as he toured the historic Hili Oasis, a 3,000-acre site of more than 147,000 date palms and other fruit-bearing trees.
Preserving national treasures such as the oases of Al Ain is a cornerstone of the tourism sector and Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 project to preserve the nation’s heritage, Sheikh Mohammed said.
“Our presence in this place, which holds deeply embedded authentic, historic and cultural roots, places a responsibility on our shoulders to communicate the ancient past and heritage of the forefathers to the future generations, so as to feel proud of their national treasures and legacy cherished by their fathers and forefathers,” he said.
“This will enable them to pursue the process of nation building and address challenges strongly and confidently.”
The development will take into consideration the characteristics of the oases, their historic value as one of the major landmarks in the history of the UAE and psyche of the UAE people, reported Wam, the state news agency.
In the past, oases constituted the economic, social and developmental lifeline of the area. Services in the areas are to be improved through adding diverse facilities to improve their appeal as tourism destinations.
Source: uae news