Abu Dhabi desert safari

Desert Holidays in Abu Dhabi

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The enigmatic desert dunes of Abu Dhabi are just waiting to be explored. 

Experience the majesty of the Rub’ al Khali, or Empty Quarter, with its golden sands and rolling dunes. Home to the Liwa Oasis and Al Ain Oasis, this breathtaking landscape is the perfect setting for a relaxing retreat.

Embrace the peace and tranquillity of Abu Dhabi’s desert resorts and spas, then head out on an action-packed safari, complete with camel rides, sand boarding and dune buggy tours.

Capture mesmerising sunsets from the peak of Jebel Hafeet and enjoy a romantic star-lit dinner among the dunes.

Plan your desert retreat to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways. 

Abu Dhabi desert holidays
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World-class hotels

Make your stay memorable in one of Abu Dhabi’s five-star desert resorts. Plus, enjoy international dining, deluxe spa treatments and a variety of leisure facilities. 

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Star-lit dinners

Add a little romance to your stay with a delicious barbecue in the desert. Look up at the twinkling stars as you toast to this special occasion. 

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Desert adventures

Thrill-seekers can explore the desert landscapes in 4x4s or dune buggies on an action-packed safari. You can even try sand boarding down the slopes. 

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Breathtaking scenery

From the Empty Quarter’s towering sand dunes to Al Ain’s lush green landscapes, Abu Dhabi is a haven of natural beauty.

Where to stay

Choose from a wide range of stunning hotels and resorts across the Abu Dhabi desert, from the Empty Quarter to Al Ain. 

Stay just outside the Garden City or venture further afield to the Liwa Oasis – locally known as Bateen Liwa. This vast desert lies along the southern border of Abu Dhabi, where the UAE meets Saudi Arabia.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the landscape from your plush room or spacious suite. Each resort offers an array of on-site amenities, including indulgent spas, international restaurants, gorgeous outdoor swimming pools and a kids club to keep your little ones entertained. 

Explore Abu Dhabi

The desert is packed with activities for every type of holiday. 

Families can enjoy exploring the Al Ain Oasis, with its immersive Eco-Centre exhibitions and shaded boardwalks, while large groups can challenge each other to sand boarding competitions down the dunes.

Planning your honeymoon? There’s nothing more romantic than a couple’s massage in your hotel’s five-star spa, followed by dinner under the stars in your own private part of the desert. 

So, whether you fancy exploring your resort or venturing out into the Abu Dhabi desert, there are plenty of things to see and do.

Al Ain Oasis desert trip

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Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

Desert Safari

Embark on an adventure through the dunes on your very own desert safari, featuring camel rides, late night barbecues and camping under the stars.  

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Jebel Hafeet 

Hike or bike through desert landscapes and discover the region’s ancient tombs at the Jebel Hafeet Desert Park. 

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Al Ain Oasis desert trip

Al Ain Oasis

Swap sand dunes for lush date palms at Al Ain Oasis, the UAE’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can learn about local agriculture.

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Go on a safari

Abu Dhabi’s desert offers a world of adventure for the whole family to enjoy. So, book on to one of the popular safari tours to make the most of your stay.

Speed through the dunes in your very own 4x4 or take an exhilarating tour of the desert in a fast-paced dune buggy. Combine your adventure with a camel ride or sand boarding for a truly memorable experience.

Good to know

Book in advance

It’s best to book your desert safari tour well in advance, as it can get busy – especially during peak season (December to March).

Sunset views

Drive to the peak of Jebel Hafeet for a breathtaking view of the sun setting over Al Ain.

Sun protection

If you’re planning a trip into the desert, make sure you bring plenty of water, sun cream and sun protection, including hats and sunglasses.

Spa days

Many of Abu Dhabi’s desert resorts offer spas on-site, where you can enjoy Middle Eastern treatments and soothing massages.

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