While Abu Dhabi’s modern wonders are certainly impressive, the deserts here are equally impressive; this guide will help you plan and enjoy exciting desert safaris on your trip.
When it comes to deserts, for sheer size, you can’t beat the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert on the planet! In Abu Dhabi, resorts can be found here, as well as another desert landscape to explore on Sir Bani Yas Island; hosts properties such as Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and the Arabian Wildlife Park, home to thousands of free-roaming animals. Al Khatim Desert and Jebel Hafit Desert Park are some of the other options to consider.
Not surprisingly, desert safaris in Abu Dhabi are best done when the sun isn’t out in full force. An early morning excursion is an option and will give you a chance to watch the desert landscape change as the sun rises; on the other hand, on an evening tour, you can enjoy a magical sunset and even enjoy a barbeque meal at a Bedouin-style camp.
For some thrilling escapes, check out the dune bashing experience, where you’ll take a thrilling ride up and down the dunes in a 4×4 vehicle. Camel rides, sandboarding and fat biking at sunrise or sunset are also not to be missed. At places like Sir Bani Yas Island, you can alternatively enjoy valley walks for wildlife viewing, horse riding, mountain biking and spotting fossils in the sand.
What to wear and bring
Remember to wear light and comfortable clothing such as a cotton shirt, top and shorts or pants. A shawl and a light jacket will help in the winter months in case the sand blows around. Open sandals or shoes are ideal as you can easily get rid of any sand, in addition to water remember to bring and use sunscreen, sunglasses and a good sun hat or hat.