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Liwa Oasis
Arabic: wāha līwā





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Liwa Oasis

Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates.
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Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates.

Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates.
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Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates.
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Oasis in Abu Dhabi emirate of the United Arab Emirates. There are no statistical data for inhabitants in Liwa available, but judging from satellite images, the extent of the region, and the distribution between some 50 villages, there may be between 50,000 and 150,000 inhabitants.
South of Liwa Oasis, the empty desert of Rub al-Khali stretches out.
The economy of Liwa Oasis rests on agriculture producing mainly dates, and some tourism. Infrastructure is excellent, with well-maintained farms. Green houses are used extensively, as well as fibreglass matting tunnels and drip irrigation for outdoor crops. Around the farms, high sand dunes rise.
Abu Dhabi city is 200 km northeast, along a first-class highway.
Liwa Oasis is shaped as a perfect arc, 120 km long, with the road to the rest of the country right at its middle.
The central, and largest settlement is Mizaira'a. The easternmost settlement is Hamim, the westernmost is Arada.
Traditionally, men from Liwa were pearl divers on the coast during the summer months.
Liwa Oasis is the ancestral home of the rulers of Abu Dhabi, the an-Nahyan family.




By Tore Kjeilen