The deserts of Abu Dhabi offer the ideal backdrop for safaris and other adventures for the whole family; here are some of the best spots for such experiences.
The Empty Quarter
What better place to start than the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert on the planet! Here, at the Liwa Desert, you can embark on unforgettable safaris that include elements like camel trekking, horse riding and dune bashing. The impressive dunes are also perfect for sandboarding, while fat biking can be tried as well.
Sir Bani Yas Island
The desert landscapes of the island of Sir Bani Yas are home to the Arabian Wildlife Park, amongst the hotspots for sightseeing in Abu Dhabi. Those staying on the island at properties like Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort can enjoy wildlife drives, wadi walks, horse riding on the dunes and visit archaeological sites too.
Jebel Hafit Desert Park
In Al Ain, you will find the Jebel Hafit Desert Park that’s an ideal place to explore be it while hiking, mountain biking or riding atop a horse or camel. This site at the base of Jebel Hafit Mountain is also known for its archaeological treasures and is a popular spot for camping or for those who prefer more luxury, glamping!
Al Khaznah Desert
Another great place for desert safaris in Abu Dhabi is Al Khaznah located between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi city. As you venture across the hauntingly beautiful desert landscapes, you will come across imposing dunes well-suited for dune bashing and sandboarding, while not to be missed is the chance to witness a magical sunset.