Fat Biking on Sand Dunes in Abu Dhabi – Conquering the Dunes of Abu Dhabi!

Well there are no big trees as far as your eyes can see in the desert, but there surely is enough space to ride a bike. Rugged terrains are no longer out of limits for cycling enthusiasts thanks to fat biking! Fat-bike bikes have tyres which are around three to five inches in width making it suitable for cycling on sand. Fat biking has in fact become a sensation among most adventure-loving travellers with many of them visiting Abu Dhabi to experience it first-hand. A top-favourite among Abu Dhabi excursions, the sport is one that can be enjoyed by anyone over 14 years of age.

The best place to embark on fat biking is in the Empty Quarter, situated on the dunes of Qasr Al Sarab. The Empty Quarter is incidentally the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world giving cyclists the opportunity to cycle through enormous sand dunes and stunning landscapes. Cycling enthusiasts who are interested may head over to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, which is the first in the region to offer fat biking as an outdoor activity allowing guests to choose from a fleet of 10 bikes. Sessions usually take up to about one and a half to two hours and are usually accompanied by a trained guide. On tour, cycling enthusiasts can discover animal tracks and may even come across rare sightings of indigenous flora and fauna. The tours come at a slightly affordable price and of course are ideal for those looking for some intense exercise.

As fat biking can be physically demanding it’s extremely important that participants are well nourished and hydrated before they take the tour. The ideal time to embark on a fat biking tour is right after breakfast and before noon when fitness levels are at its highest. Enthusiasts are also advised to keep an eye out for sand gazelles, lizards and desert mice. The first few metres of the tour will be quite a challenge especially for those who are not familiar with the hills and slopes. Though physically challenging, fat biking tours offer much fun and are a more ‘healthier’ way to discover the Arabian sand dunes.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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Visit the Africa in Arabia at Sir Bani Yas Island – Adventures in The Wild!

Nestled in the glorious Persian Gulf is an island that cannot be easily overlooked. Sir Bani Yas Island as it is known is a natural island located approximately 110 miles off the coast of UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Its name is derived from the ‘Sir Bani Yas’ tribe who are believed to have been the very first inhabitants of Abu Dhabi. The island was formerly home to the largest wildlife reserve in Arabia, and today has transformed into a habitat for hundreds of wild animals thanks to years of conservation efforts.

On the island are the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts which offer travellers custom made adventures. These resorts are situated on the island and are more convenient for those planning wildlife tours, as opposed to any other mainland beach resort. Abu Dhabi welcomes a large number of tourists from across the globe and Sir Bani Yas Island has transformed into one major tourist attraction over the years. Wildlife at the island flourishes with a staggering 13,000 animals on the island, including both indigenous and endangered species. A wildlife excursion is here is similar to those one would find in Africa!

UAE’s first president, the late Sheikh Zayed declared the island a nature reserve in 1971 which led to the establishment of the ‘Arabian Wildlife Park’ that expands to over 1,400 hectares of land. The park has many ongoing breeding programmes and conservation projects that ensure survival of all flora and fauna on the island. One such programme would be the introduction of cheetahs as natural predators as a means to control the over-population of animals. Its animal population consists of four larger carnivorous species namely; Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Northern Cheetah and Caracal. It is also home to a massive 200 species of birds that includes a large number of migratory birds too. The most noteworthy fact is that the island is inhabited by the largest Arabian Oryx herd in the world. Among other curiosities are captivating geological formations and archaeological remains from the time of the Sir Bani Yas tribe.

The exciting news is that guests can embark on adventure tours around the island. Those who are adventurous can opt for land activities like mountain biking tours, archery or nature walks and water sporting activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, pearl diving or even deep sea fishing.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Safari on Sir Bani Yas island – Wild Arabia

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Sir Bani Yas Wild Life Safari | Photo by Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort

One of the first things that come to mind at the mention of Middle East is the grandeur, the endless sand dunes, and camels roaming about. However, there is more than just the camels that call Arabia their home. A perfect place to explore the wildlife in the middle East is Sir Bani Yas Island. Activities to do on the island range from wildlife safaris, shopping, and water parks.

The wildlife park was set up in 1971 by the late president. The park was set up by the late president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in order to preserve the animals that faced that threat of extinction. The park is spread across an area of 1400. It’s home to a diverse range of animals, such as the Arabian Rock Hyrax, Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Giraffe, scavenger and Striped Hyena among many others. There are almost 13000 animals that live within the wildlife park. The park is not only a wildlife sanctuary but also one that is a base for various research activities.The park has aimed to promote a natural setting for animals at all possible times and to promote interaction within and among species as it would if they lived in the wild. One of the steps taken towards such an approach is the introduction of predators such as Cheetah’s to control the population.

Visitors from all over the world arrive at the park annually to create their own adventure. Hotels such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts offer their guests the opportunity to explore the wildlife parks by organising excursions with their expert guides. The wildlife safaris in the island are often along dirt tracks that give guests an authentic experience. Another exciting way to explore the park is by foot, there are various types of walks available such as wadi walks, self-guided walks, and Nature & Wild Life walks to suit different individuals.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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