Al Aflaj is an irrigation system in the United Arab Emirates that uses an underground tunnel to conduct water across long distances from an underground source to a sharia (basin), where the community can access it. The Al Aflaj system is based on inherited knowledge and practices relating to nature and traditional skills and craftsmanship relating to maintaining the irrigation system and ensuring the fair distribution of water. The practice is closely related to various social practices, events and festivities and has enabled communities to survive in an arid climate.
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