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
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.
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.