Amongst the most unforgettable things to do in Abu Dhabi is to experience desert safaris and adventures and here are some key places where you can do just that.

Empty Quarter

Begin at the stunning Rub al Khali or Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world! You can explore areas such as the Liwa Oasis on desert safaris with plenty of activities amidst the dunes; these can include enjoying dune bashing and sandboarding as well as more traditional camel trekking and falconry.

Sir Bani Yas Island

The desert on Sir Bani Yas Island was transformed into the Arabian Wildlife Park and today is also home to luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. You can explore this desert landscape interspersed with greenery on wildlife drives from Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, wadi walks and while horse riding on the dunes.

Image via Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort

Al Khatim Desert

When heading from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, you will come across the Al Khatim Desert known for its stunning dunes. Naturally, this spot is perfect for morning or evening safari experiences including off-road driving and dune bashing. Depending on the tour, you will be able to try sandboarding and camel riding too.

Al Dhafra Beach

A unique area where the desert and sea meet, Al Dhafra Beach is a great spot for camping as well. It covers a vast area of the desert of this emirate and features a white sandy beach for you to camp on. It’s known for its impressive dunes as well, while you can also visit ancient forts on your desert safaris in the area.