Full Day Liwa Explorer with overnight camping- (LWA-IND-2)
Distance: 350 km from Dubai / 220 km from Abu Dhabi
Timings:………………………09:00 – 19:00 (10-11 hours) …………………….. From Abu Dhabi (MAFRAQ HOTEL)
……………………………………..07:30 – 20:00 (11-12 Hours) …………………….. From Dubai (SHANGRI-LA HOTEL)
Highlights: Car Museum (optional), Oasis towns, Desert Landscape, Moreb Dune, Sabkha, Camel farm, Sand rose, Sunset, dinner BBQ, camping, B’fst
The Ultimate camping experience in Arabia! Liwa has very little light pollution and the sky is 90% clear all year. During the winter months (November to March) the average day temperature is max. 30 degrees Celsius and the average at night is 18-20 degrees Celsius.
For those who have never camped in a desert, we promise them a comfortable and unique experience, we provide clean sheets, sleeping bags, soft mattresses, pillows and basic washing facilities.
Full day Liwa Explorer + Camping Experience
(09:00 – 12:00 next day) Abu Dhabi Pickup
(07:30 – 13:00 next day) Dubai Pickup
|SUN & WED
1,100 Dhs / 300 USD
1,250 Dhs / 350 USD
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 then 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.
We will arrive at our secluded camping place some 45 minutes before sunset. Take off your shoes and climb to the top of the sand dune to see the spectacular Sunset and watch how it disappears in the horizon.
Meanwhile, your guide will cook you a sumptuous dinner BBQ and serve you a local tea with mint and local dates.
Sit back and relax while gazing at the breathtaking Night Sky. Take a virtual journey into the Milky Way and get prepared for your first lesson in astronomy! If this is not enough then prepare your wish for the next shooting star!
Wake up early and watch the sun rising in the endless horizon, we will serve you a light Breakfast. Once we pack all our belongings, (make sure to check before leaving) we will be driving back to the Liwa Hotel, and just before we hit the tarmac , we will have one last stop to show you the unique “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.
Thus, we come to the end of our tour, hoping you had enjoyed this “fairy tale”!
Above excursion includes the following:
- Above rates are inclusive of 5% VAT
- Non-scheduled days will have an additional charge of (Adults 250 Dhs / 70 USD) (Children 150 Dhs / 40 USD)
- Pickup locations from Abu Dhabi (Mafraq Hotel +971-2-659 6666)
- Pickup locations from Dubai passengers (Shangri-La Hotel Shk. Zayed Road +971-4-343 8888)
- Other pickup locations can be requested at an additional fee of (90 Dhs / 25 USD) per passengers (for two ways)
- Lunch will be served at the Liwa Hotel (set local dish + water/soft drink)
- Dinner will include 3 types of meat, 3 types of salads, rice, bread, tea & dates
- Breakfast includes (Bread & Butter, Jam, Yogurt, Juice, Milk, Tea/Coffee, Fresh Fruits, Arabic Pastry, Honey, Cheese, Eggs)
- We carry a maximum of 4 adults + 2 children in our 4×4
- All tours are conducted with multi-lingual professional guides
- Rates are valid from September 1st to May 30
- Children (6-12) receive 25% discount (Max 2 per vehicle)
- Transfers are carried out by our fleet of middle class vehicles, 4×4 and mini buses, depending on the total number of participants
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