After kicking off the seventh episode of the GMC #OurUAE mini-series with boat-less wake boarding in Al Ain, Mohammad and Majed decide they want to do something even more exciting. The thrill-factor is turned up when the two hop into a raft and take part in some intense water rafting, which they describe as even more difficult and challenging than wake boarding. And we say both look like loads of fun.
Following the splish-splashing fun, the two travelers make their way to the Al Aflaj date farm where they meet Abdullah Matar, the Official Caretaker & Farm Manager of the site. Abdullah explains to the men that dates only grow during summer seasons, and while they were first solely used for food, people now use the wicker to create furniture for homes. He also explains how the irrigation system of the farm operates, which is quite interesting actually. It’s a circular system that goes from one palm to the other in turns. This is achieved by removing blockades once a channel is completely full, allowing the water to flow into the next channel.
For the final stop, our journeymen hop back into the GMC Sierra 3500HD and head over to the Al Ain Zoo, established in 1968 by Sheikh Zayed. Here they speak with Maha Al Blooshi, the Administrative Coordinator for the zoo. She informs them that the Al Ain Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and takes them for a tour.
We enjoyed looking at the white with gold trim VIP cart as they rolled through the zoo, and the animals of course. The flamingos, the giraffes, and the Arabian Maha – the main reason for the establishment of the zoo. Founder Zayed wanted to preserve this species, so he had a sanctuary built for them as well as the other animals.
Tune in next time for the final installment of the #OurUAE mini-series.
For your convenience, we’ve provided links to the previous episodes below;