Empty Quarter Explorer (LIWA)
Visitors staying in Dubai/Abu Dhabi, on a short stay, and do not have much time but still wish to visit Liwa, the most beautiful desert of Arabia, have the chance to join our day tour to fulfill their wish and collect some unforgettable memories. This is a twelve hours journey covering some 500 km southwards of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Liwa is situated south west of Abu Dhabi on the edge of the great Empty Quarter desert (the largest of Arabia). Our journey will begin in Dubai, cruising along the multi-lane highway passing by Jebel Ali free zone and crossing the borders of Abu Dhabi. Our next stop will be at Mafraq Hotel (Pickup location for Abu Dhabi passengers).
We continue through tarmac road, sand tracks, along the famous oil pipelines. We will drive another 140 km passing some magnificent desert landscape where you will see the change in sand colors (from white to dark orange).
Arriving Liwa, the first Oasis is “Hameem”, which is located on the furthest eastern tip of the Liwa half crescent. We will drive through local villages and witness the date palm plantations before reaching the main center “Mezaira’a”, where you will have the chance to stroll around the scattered little shops selling a myriad of goods to the local population. We will reach Liwa Hotel at approx. 13:00 hrs where we will stop for Lunch. At 15:00 hrs. we will start our afternoon program by visiting the Old Fort of Mezzairaa, which has recently been restored and renovated.
Surrounded by Date Palm plantations, our guide will be happy to explain all related facts about this most popular plant in Liwa. We will head southwards towards the borders with Saudi Arabia driving on tarmac, the road is winding through some breathtaking views of gigantic dunes and endless sea of sand… A hidden call “Welcome to the Empty Quarter” can almost be heard from the top of those magnificent dunes! The tarmac road ends with the sight of Moreb Dune, one of the highest in Liwa (approx. 200 m). The place has been developed to host The Moreb Race once a year (1st week of Jan) and is the meeting point of 4×4 enthusiast. The last few years, the organizers introduced more activities such as; horse racing, camel racing and remote-controlled planes and cars racing.
We continue our journey and stop at a Camel Farm to deflate the tires. Meanwhile you can witness the bygone life of the Bedus and marvel at their beloved beasts how they survived this harsh environment with such scarce food and water. Our adventure will take off from here into the vast sea of sand and we will climb the steepest of sand dunes and roll down in a ‘roller coaster’ style, the adrenaline level will gradually increase and the drive will get more and more exciting, especially when you start hearing the sound of “Sand Avalanche”, a very unique experience which can only be experienced in the sand dunes of Liwa area. We will pass numerous desert reserves and if lucky, we might spot some of the rare and indigenous species of Arabia; the Arabian gazelle, which used to roam the desert in the past and were threatened to the extinction. Thanks to the effort of HH. Sheikh Zayed, who, succeeded in re-introducing and protecting them. Just before heading back to the main road, we will have another stop to show you the “Sand Roses”, which are basically a form of crystallized gypsum forming under the salt flats called “Sabkhas” and have different shapes which looks much like a rose flower with open petals.
Our desert guides will escort you back to the Liwa Hotel, from there you will be transferred back to Abu Dhabi/Dubai
Pick up from Abu Dhabi:
AED 900 PER ADULT
AED 675 PER CHILD
Pick up from Dubai:
AED 1075 PER ADULT
AED 795 PER CHILD
Above excursion includes the following:
- Lunch will be served at the Liwa Hotel (set local dish + water/soft drink) and/or picnic in the desert
- We carry a maximum of 4 adults + 2 children in our 4×4
- All tours are conducted with multi-lingual English-speaking professional guides
- Transfers are carried out by our fleet of middle-class vehicles, 4×4 and mini buses, depending on the total number of passengers
Pick-up Locations & Timings
* 07:30 from Dubai (Shangri-La Hotel Shk. Zayed Road )
Pickup from other locations within Dubai can be requested at an additional charge of AED 115 per passenger
for two way pickup and drop off
* 09:00 from Abu Dhabi (Al Mafraq Hotel )
Pickup from other locations within Abu Dhabi can be requested at an additional charge of AED 115 per
passenger for two way pickup and drop off
Sunday & Wednesday
(09:00 – 19:00) Abu Dhabi
(07:30 – 20:00 ) Dubai
Non-scheduled days are on exclusive basis