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Al Dhafra – where desert meets sea

Get a taste of the UAE’s most adventurous off-road driving experiences and see some of the country’s most dramatic scenery – including the biggest dunes this side of the Sahara – in Al Dhafra, the emirate’s western region. ‘Where the desert meets the sea’, Al Dhafra makes up over two-thirds of Abu Dhabi. Along its hundreds of kilometres of coastline, you will find stunning beaches and islands, with the area’s rich and fascinating history brought to life through myriad ancient forts set against dramatic landscapes.

A Natural Work of Art

Thriving Wildlife

One of the best reasons to visit Al Dhafra is Sir Bani Yas Island, a nature-based destination home to 17,000 free-roaming animals, five-star boutique hotels, stables and historical sites. Guests can enjoy 4x4 nature and wildlife safaris in specially made vehicles accompanied by expert guides.

Sands of Time

An Ancient Landscape

Liwa, a historic oasis town at the entrance to the Empty Quarter desert, will blow you away with its massive gold and flame-hued dunes. It's also home to a large FAO-recognised date palm oasis with more than 100,000 trees.

Spoils from the Desert

Savour Arabian Hospitality

For a plush desert stay head to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, in the Empty Quarter. Use the resort as your base and discover the Rub’ al Khali by camel, fat-tyre bike, sandboard or mountain bike before indulging in sumptuous food and luxe spa treatments.