Experience the beauty of Al Dhafra
Only a short drive from the hustle of Abu Dhabi city, Al Dhafra is a convenient escape to authenticity, offering everything from starlit desert camps to the luxury of beachfront hotels and the secluded bliss of island resorts. As the largest region in the emirate, Al Dhafra covers nearly two-thirds of Abu Dhabi, with the iconic Empty Quarter desert covering most of that land. Here, ancient landscapes are coupled with the comfort of secluded resorts, offering a getaway that's both indulgent and steeped in the region's rich Bedouin heritage.
Are you looking for adventure? Thrill-seekers can take on the giant dunes on exhilarating dune-bashing excursions, unwind at desert camps beneath the stars or explore the diverse wildlife at Sir Bani Yas Island's safari park. If unwinding is more important during your getaway, you'll adore Al Dhafra's many luxurious and peaceful retreats, including Qasr Al Sarab and Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.
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How to get to Al Dhafra
- From Abu Dhabi: Take the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway (E11) west towards Al Ain. At the Al Dhafra Junction, take the exit for Al Dhafra. Continue on the Al Dhafra Road (E65) until you reach Al Dhafra.
- To Sir Bani Yas Island: Take the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway (E11) west towards Al Ain. At the Al Dhafra Junction, take the exit for Al Dhafra. Continue on the Al Dhafra Road (E65) until you reach Jebel Dhanna port. From there, take a boat to Sir Bani Yas Island.
- Airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport is the nearest major gateway for global travellers. Al Ain Airport also handles daily regional flights.
Getting to Al Dhafra is part of the adventure. Each route promises memorable moments and scenic views.