Most of the world thinks of Arabia as a barren place of sand and heat. And for the most part it's true. But humanity has managed to stick to some pretty weird places in its history. Al Ain is one of them. It's one of the birth places of the UAE - an oasis where the Bedouin lived out the summer months before going back to the sea to fish for pearls in what became Abu Dhabi. Because of this heritage, Al Ain ("the Spring") is a fount of interesting places to visit.
A family favorite was the Al Qattara oasis (https://goo.gl/maps/9obkgkXVBA22). A nice cheap Arabic meal, followed by a walk in the greenest place you could find in the UAE.
It's not really easy to find....
Alone in the UAE, I've decided to revisit the old haunts that pleased us when the family lived here. So my first trip was to Al Qatarra.
It's still there,. The Heritage village cafe has caught up with the times. It's apparently an …Italian restaurant! (not really) — complete with valet parking and a not-so-cheap Friday brunch. It's still a fun local place to visit though.