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Al Dhafra

Head to the western region of Abu Dhabi to get a taste of the desert lifestyle and the adventures that come with it in the Al Dhafra region. This is the largest of Abu Dhabi's three regions making up around two-thirds of the emirate. Al Dhafra translates to 'where desert meets sea', and here you'll find stunning beaches and islands that line the hundreds of kilometres of coastline. Inland, the scenery is dramatic as sandy dunes rise higher than any on this side of the Sahara. Dune bashing is hugely popular in this region and gets the adrenaline flowing. The area also has a rich and fascinating history that still resonates through many ancient forts, ruins and nature.

Sir Bani Yas Island

Walk on the wild side

Sir Bani Yas Island in Al Dhafra is to be seen to be believed. This vast island landscape is home to 17,000 free-roaming animals, five-star boutique hotels, stables and historical sites. Get closer and enjoy a 4x4 nature and wildlife safari in specially-made vehicles accompanied by expert guides.

The Empty Quarter

Find peace in the emptiness

Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter is a must-see bucket-list destination, perfect for the traveller who wants an authentic and immersive adventure experience. Trek vast landscapes, dune bash across the highest dunes and find serenity in desert retreats.

Qasr Al Sarab

Savour the finest Emirati hospitality

Use the luxurious Qasr Al Sarab resort as your base to discover the Empty Quarter.

Retreat to the desert

Frequently asked questions about Al Dhafra

Al Dhafra is one of three municipal regions of Abu Dhabi. It is the largest region and occupies around 71% of Abu Dhabi.

Al Dhafra is in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al Dhafra means 'where desert meets sea' in Arabic.