Mirfa Hotel beach
Qasr Al Sarab
Al Mirfa public beach
Dune bashing (Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge)
Explore the adventure and tranquility of Liwa desert -- from dune bashing to enjoying a barbecue under the stars
The massive dunes of the Liwa Desert's Empty Quarter make it the perfect 'playground' for off-road adventure
‘Where the desert meets the sea’, Al Gharbia makes up over two thirds of Abu Dhabi emirate. Along its hundreds of kilometres of coastline are stunning beaches and islands, which are gradually being developed for visitors. Prepare for the UAE’s most adventurous off-road driving and some of its most incredible scenery. Al Gharbia's history is encompassed in the myriad of ancient forts, which dot the landscape, and together present a snapshot of this region's fascinating history - all set against dramatic landscapes.
A great reason to start exploring this vast region is the drive to Liwa - a historic oasis town at the entry to the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) the world's largest uninterrupted sand mass. Liwa will blow you away with massive expanses of awesome desert and the biggest dunes this side of the Sahara.
To get a real taste of Al Gharbia's authentic heritage, visit one of the many events and festivals throughout the year such as January's Tel Moreeb Festival, the pinnacle hill climb event for desert driving enthusiasts, and Al Dhafrah Camel Festival, which includes the world's only camel beauty contest, April's Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, a 10-day event that pulls in adrenaline junkies from across the world to compete in everything from Dragon boating and kite surfing to dhow racing and swimming, July's Liwa Date Festival, a showcase for this valued desert fruit.
For more information, visit www.algharbiafestivals.ae
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