Most of Abu Dhabi is covered in magnificent desert terrain: from the white sands near the coast to the rolling red dunes of the central quarters. With some of the dunes’ peaks exceeding 300m, it’s no wonder the Abu Dhabi desert is home to so many different activities and adventures.
Dune bashing, sand surfing and camel racing are just a few of the delights you can experience in the desert. High octane, heart-racing speeds can be reached, and with the backdrop of the rich sands behind you, the desert creates days out you’ll never forget.
For those of you who prefer something more sedate, why not try a desert safari or a glimpse into Arabian life. Camps sprung up around the desert give visitors an insight into the ways of the Bedouin, the UAE’s native people. Heritage and culture seep from the sands, detailing the story of how Abu Dhabi grew into what it is today.
The Western Region of the desert, or Al Gharbia, stretches to the west of the city and down towards Rub’ al Khali, the Empty Quarter. Rub’ al Khali is the largest expanse of uninterrupted sand mass in the world, and its vastness and sublimity, alongside its indescribable natural beauty has made it an increasingly popular tourist destination.