The largest sand desert on the planet, the Empty Quarter or “Rub’ al Khali” is more than a vast sea of sand; it offers exciting adventures and cultural discoveries for truly unforgettable holidays.
Planning a Trip
The Liwa Desert area of the Empty Quarter is around a 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi. Airport transfers can be arranged by 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi based in this desert, while some will organise helicopter rides too; this provides a unique vantage point from up high of the dunes stretching far into the horizon.
Those staying at properties like Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara can enjoy adventures in the desert including camel trekking at sunrise and sunset. You can also embark on guided desert walks even at night, go horse riding on the dunes, watch an enthralling falcon and Saluki show and experience thrilling dune bashing too.
Amongst the best activities to try here is fat biking; these bikes are specially adapted to take you on a pedal-powered journey across the desert giving you a chance to head to local villages too. Adrenaline junkies can try sandboarding down massive dunes, while some resorts offer captivating archery sessions as well.
The Empty Quarter is perfect for enchanting private dining amidst stunning desert landscapes. You can have breakfast as you watch a sunrise over the dunes or dine by candlelight, under star-filled skies. You can also savour a BBQ dinner at a desert camp and hear stories of Arabia, part of the region’s rich culture.