With soaring dunes and impressive sand valleys, Abu Dhabi's desertscape is a playground for fans of adventure and adrenaline. Dune bashing is a fantastic way to explore the desert expanse outside the Liwa Oasis in Al Dhafra or the beautiful dunes of the Al Khaznah area between Abu Dhabi and the lush garden city of Al Ain.
A number of tour operators offer dune-bashing trips, plus you can take on the dunes when you stay at the luxurious five-star Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, set in the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) desert, or Tilal Liwa Hotel, located on the edge of the desert. A half-day or overnight stay at the Arabian Nights Village also includes a dune-bashing experience.
Dune-bashing experiences often also feature camel rides, sandboarding, henna painting, trying on traditional clothing, falcon and sometimes Saluki (desert hunting dog) shows, and belly-dancing performances. It's best to check what's included with the tour operator or hotel ahead of making your booking.