Al Jimi a perfect synthesis of the old and new in Al Ain

Al Jimi a perfect synthesis of the old and new in Al AinImage Credit: Supplied

Al Ain is well-known as the ''Garden City'' in the UAE, and a lot of landmarks here are famous all over, such as the Al Ain Zoo, the Hili Fun City, the Green Mubazzarah and, of course, the towering Jebel Hafeet. And way before the Dubai Miracle Garden came into being, there was the Guinness Book of World Records certificate holder for ''the largest display of hanging baskets'' numbering 2,968 arrangements; that is, Al Ain Paradise Gardens.

The Al Jimi area is nestled in a quiet, leafy area of Al Ain, and it is one of the oldest localities there. It is very popular amongst residents as it offers good housing options and enjoys easy access to the road to Dubai.

The Al Jimi district offers a good range of apartment-style living options with the popular Al Jimi Mall in close proximity. There are also many villa-style homes, and most of the residents are long-timers, having lived in Al Ain for decades.

Some of the other important landmarks in Al Jimi are the Al Ain Hospital, Al Ain Cromwell Hospital, Emirates International Hospital, and several good nurseries and schools. The Al Ain Hospital offers a vibrant multicultural work environment, with more than 300 doctors representing more than 35 medical and surgical specialties. Emirates International Hospital is a 75-bed medical facility offering comprehensive medical services. The Al Ain Cromwell Hospital, on the other hand, specializes in both women's and children's care.

The House of Arts in Al Jimi is an extracurricular school catering to students of all ages. The school was first established in 2006, and has several hundreds of students into various areas of study such as Arabic, Music, Dance, Drama, Fine Arts, Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gong. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) building in Al Ain is also found in Al Jimi.

Last but not least, if you enjoy history and nature, the Al Jimi area is also home to a beautiful oasis. There are different types of flora in the Al Jimi Oasis as well as a number of restored buildings making it an archaeologist's delight. Aside from thousands of date palms, native medicinal trees such as the sidr and ghaf also grow in the oasis.

Handy Hints:

• Al Jimi is one of the earliest established communities in the Garden City

• The Al Jimi Mall, hospitals, schools, and the ADEC building are located there

• Thousands of date palms, and trees like Sidr and Ghaf are in the Al Jimi Oasis

Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer

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