History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra

Collection of publications on Al Dhafra History in the United Arab Emirates

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Some of the water resources in Al Dhafra are locations used by Bedouin camel herders and travelers as resting stops. Residents used them as drinking fountains for their cattle at the end of the urban season and the beginning of the Safari season.

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Names of Some Water Resources in Al Dhafra

Dasal: Dasal’s water resource lies in Al Batana within Al Dhafra. It is owned by Al Baleed from Al Marar. Palm trees were planted there, with most of them covered by sand.

Dasal was the birthplace of poet Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Baleed Al Marar. He inherited many resources from his father, including Dasal’s water resources, where he  and his family used to come and take care of its palm trees.

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Al Zaraf

One of the old coastal resources in Al Dhafra, Al Zaraf has vast lands with soft silts and sands and is surrounded by small sand dunes. The Al Shudood family from the Al Manasir tribe were the first to drill for water.

During the reign of Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah have mercy upon him, the Abu Dhabi government planted many palm trees in Al Zaraf. It also built a well and a basin to make it easy for people’s camels to drink water and eat dates from the palm trees.

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Al Zahrani

Located in Al Hamra, Al Zahrani is one of the oldest resources in Al Dhafra. Details of its history and establishment are largely unknown. It was the site of an old battle when 2,000 invaders came to Liwa, which had 300 residents at the time.

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Qaryan

Located on the coastal area in Al Dhafra, Qaryan is a vast area with soft ground. It is an old source of resources that has been attracting people for many years. Many Bedouins and their camels settled at this site, including Bu Maheer, prior to leaving Al Dhafra.

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Al Mughaila

One of Al Batana’s resources in Al Dhafra, Al Mughaila was called Yadoo’a and Bin Yadee’a, being named after its owner, who was from Al Marar. Its ownership was then transferred to the Al Nahyan shaikhs and was renamed the Shaikhs’ Mughaila.

History of Water Resources in Al Dhafra (2022) by Ali Ahmad Ali Al Kindi Al MurrThe National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates

This resource is located on the road leading to Liwa’s villages. It is used by caravans coming from the seaside towards Liwa, where the animals stay, drink from its freshwater, eat its dates, and enjoy the shade of its palm trees.

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