Embark on a journey through the mesmerising dunes of Abu Dhabi, where the vast expanse of the desert offers exciting adventures and discoveries. From heart-pounding activities to magical evenings under the starlit sky, desert safaris promise an unforgettable experience.
Ideal Desert Locations
Discover the allure of the Empty Quarter or Rub al Khali, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert, for a truly immersive experience. Alternatively, explore the Al Khatim Desert or Al Khaznah Desert, each offering a distinctive backdrop for your desert safari. You can look to head off on such excursions while staying in the heart of the city at properties like Oaks Liwa Executive Suites Abu Dhabi which make an ideal base.
Best Times for a Safari
You can go on morning safaris to witness the desert come alive with soft hues after dawn. Alternatively, choose an evening safari, where the setting sun paints the dunes in warm, golden tones; it’s a truly spellbinding sight that will remain with you even once back at one of the city’s serviced apartments. Abu Dhabi tour operators even offer overnight desert safaris, allowing you to camp beneath the stars and wake up to the serene beauty of the desert at dawn.
Enjoy the adrenaline rush of dune bashing, as you are taken on an exhilarating ride over the undulating dunes in a 4×4 vehicle. For a more traditional experience, engage in camel trekking at sunrise or sunset, connecting with the desert at a leisurely pace. Thrill seekers can opt for quad biking and sandboarding too, adding an extra layer of excitement to their desert adventure. Some safaris additionally include visits to a camel farm, a delight for kids and adults alike.
As the day concludes, some desert safaris will include an Arabian BBQ in a Bedouin-style camp. Immerse yourself in the local culture with henna painting, shisha, and mesmerising Tanoura dance performances. As you savour the dishes on offer, you can also be entertained by the rhythmic beats and twirls of belly dancing under the starlit sky, transporting you to the magical realm of The Arabian Nights.