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Published on September 04, 2019 with No Comments

From camel rides to dune bashing, it’s time for some fun under the sun in Abu Dhabi’s glorious desert.



With easy access to Abu Dhabi’s vast desert, you can be sure that there will be a whole load of activities waiting for you in the sand. The temperatures might be crazy but the experiences are crazier, especially if this is the first time you’re experiencing what the desert has to offer… and that’s plenty! Add on the unmistakable air of mystery about the desert and it makes the whole experience more exciting. We’ve put together a list of things you can get up to in and around Abu Dhabi’s desert.

A trip to the desert isn’t complete without spending a night under the stars. Not only does it give you a chance to see the desert at its most peaceful and splendid, it’s a great way to experience the essence of old Arabia and aspects of traditional Emirati life. The best time to camp are in the colder months to enjoy a good Bedouin meal around a flaming bonfire at night. For safety purpose and to take the hassle out of planning, hire a guide to arrange the experience for you. There are many you can check out online.

Dune Bashing
If you’ve hired a guide for your camping escapade, chances are it will also include a dune bashing experience, which is a popular Emirati activity. Hang on tight because it is be a thrilling ride while your guide tackles those sand dunes! A popular spot is Tel Moreeb in the Liwa Oasis at the Empty Quarter desert. The dune is considered by many to be the world’s tallest sand dune at over 300 metres high and a 50-degree incline that will get your adrenaline pumping. For this reason alone, it’s also known as Scary Mountain!

Skiing in Abu Dhabi takes on a different meaning altogether… you’ll be hitting the slopes that are actually the towering sand dunes in the desert! With hundreds of metres above land (much like the ski slopes), these sand dunes are a sand-skier’s paradise. Popular spots include the Liwa Oasis on the edges of the Rub al-Khali for its high-enough but not intimidating dunes so novices can give it a go on the gentler slopes. Just remember to hit the dunes early in the morning where temperatures are more forgiving.

Camel Trekking
The best way to explore the desert? On a camel for that nostalgic feel on how things used to be in these vast lands. Get ready to be blown away with views of the massive desert and enormous dunes. If you can, book yourself a sunset trek to get the most beautiful sights. You can book a tour with any reputable operators and most, if not all, camel treks end with a sampling of Middle Eastern treats.

Stay In A Desert Resort
Set against the stunning backdrop of the world’s largest sand desert the Empty Quarter is the beautiful Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara to give you the ultimate desert experience. Just 90 minutes away from Abu Dhabi, you’ll feel as if you’ve entered into a completely different realm. The resort boasts of 140 rooms, 14 suites and 52 pool villas to choose from, each one facing the arid beauty of the desert. While you enjoy all the luxuries it has to offer, you can also create your own desert experiences to remember. Our recommendation? Try the signature candlelit private dining in the desert where you can also take in the most magnificent sunset. Don’t forget to check out the resort’s spa treatments that include an ancient Hammam ritual and the signature Arabian Desert Rose Ritual to lose yourself in pure Arabian luxury and tranquility.


Make sure to pack these things for a comfortable experience.
• Plenty of liquids – the desert can get quite warm, even during the cooler months
• SPF sunscreen, especially if you are visiting during midday
• Insect repellent
• Staying overnight? Pack in a whistle for safety measures so that you can let others know where you are
• First-aid essentials like plasters and anti-inflammatory balms
• Bags to collect waste – it’s customary not to leave any waste behind after your camping trip
• An extra set of light and loose clothes that protect your arms and legs from the sun


Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), Al Dhafra
The world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass making up almost two-thirds of the Emirate, Rub Al Khali will blow you away with its dramatic landscape of ever-changing endless dunes.
Al Khaznah
Tucked between Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain oasis is the popular Al Khaznah known also for its breathtaking dunes. The popular Arabian Nights Village is located here as well as the Al Badeyah desert camp.


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