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Explore Al Gharbia

  • Qasr Al Sarab desertwalk
  • Mirfa Hotel Beach
  • Qasr Al Sarab
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  • untouched beaches
  • Al Mirfa Public beach
  • Al Mirfa Public Beach
  • Camels in the desert
  • Off Road Driving

‘Where the desert meets the sea’, Al Gharbia makes up over two thirds of Abu Dhabi emirate. Along its hundreds of kilometres of coastline are stunning beaches and islands, which are gradually being developed for visitors. Prepare for the UAE’s most adventurous off-road driving and some of its most incredible scenery. Al Gharbia's history is encompassed in the myriad of ancient forts, which dot the landscape, and together present a snapshot of this region's fascinating history - all set against dramatic landscapes.

A great reason to start exploring this vast region is the drive to Liwa - a historic oasis town at the entry to the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) the world's largest uninterrupted sand mass. Liwa will blow you away with massive expanses of awesome desert and the biggest dunes this side of the Sahara.

To get a real taste of Al Gharbia's authentic heritage, visit one of the many events and festivals throughout the year such as January's Tel Moreeb Festival, the pinnacle hill climb event for desert driving enthusiasts, and Al Dhafrah Camel Festival, which includes the world's only camel beauty contest, April's Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, a 10-day event that pulls in adrenaline junkies from across the world to compete in everything from Dragon boating and kite surfing to dhow racing and swimming, July's Liwa Date Festival, a showcase for this valued desert fruit.

For more information, visit www.algharbiafestivals.ae

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