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Liwa Oasis Desert Drive from Abu Dhabi

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    What to Expect
    Begin your desert experience with a pickup from your centrally located Abu Dhabi hotel. Meet your expert driver-guide, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, and then set off toward the southern edges of the UAE.

    As you travel, hear fascinating facts about the Liwa Oasis, a series of oases at the north of the Rub Al Khali or "Empty Quarter," the world’s largest desert of continuous sand. This immense desert extends from the southern UAE to southern Saudi Arabia, and into Oman and Yemen, and was once home to the tribes who went on to settle Abu Dhabi.

    Along the way, gaze out at the desert scenery and watch as the sand changes color from creamy yellow to dark orange. Then, after around two hours, arrive on the outer fringes of Liwa and marvel at the ocean of dunes that stretches endlessly before you.

    Follow the black-topped roads through the dunes and feel the thrill as your driver steers you off road onto the sands for a roughly 2-hour desert drive. Have your camera ready as you rumble past the incredible dunes, lush oases, desert settlements and camel farms.

    As you explore, your guide will point out places of interest and interesting indigenous flora. Keep a watch, too, for desert wildlife such as the nimble Arabian gazelle, rabbits and lizards, and hear how they forage for food and water in this arid expanse.

    After working up an appetite, stop at an oasis to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Savor goodies such as chicken pasta, fruit salad and muffins teamed with refreshing soda and water, and drink in the overwhelming silence and sense of emptiness around you as you eat.

    Explore further after lunch and then, when the time comes, head back to the bustle of Abu Dhabi. Your trip ends with a drop-off back at your hotel in the late afternoon.
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    Reviewed 20 May 2019 via mobile

    Great day out seeing some of the more remote parts of the UAE, including the world’s tallest sand dune and the expansive “Empty Quarter”. Very different to the shorter safaris run out of Dubai / Abu Dhabi - we had the dunes entirely to ourselves...More

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    Reviewed 28 March 2019

    2 months ago on January, 7 friends booked 2 cars to visit Liwa Dunes. It was quite an interesting trip to go around the dunes, having a safari, learning about the type of the dunes, the wildlife, how nature behaves differently in the dunes and...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    EmiratesTour, Manager at Emirates Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2019

    Thank you so much Santaluciaaa for your wonderful feedback, Emirates Tours & Safari LLC appreciate it! We are certainly pleased knowing that we had given you amazing time in your Liwa desert trip with us. Ibrahim is certainly one of our best Safari guide and...More

    Reviewed 14 March 2019

    Great day! Many experiences, travelling through the desert with Shafeel really amazing but very safe because he is an expert driver. Dune bashing is exciting! I also met some beautiful camels (also some cubs so soft!). Then I had lunch in a small oasis where...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    EmiratesTour, Manager at Emirates Tours and Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2019

    Thank you so much TIZ2007 for sending us your awesome feedback, Emirates Tours & Safari LLC really appreciates it! We are very pleased knowing that we had given you such an incredible adventure in the Liwa desert here in Abu Dhabi accompanied by one of...More

    Reviewed 7 February 2019 via mobile

    A wonderful experience with espectacular views. Shafeel is an expert driving through the big dunes of Liwa. Nice!

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    Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

    We took the safari tour and the all day was gorgeous. A bit too in a rush, but on the other hand we got to see and do lot of things - which was great! Also, one car got stuck into the sand, and although...More

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