Liwa Hotel Tours
For guests staying at the Liwa hotel and for those who can organize their own transportation to Liwa we have four programs on offer:
LIWA SIGHTSEEING (LWA-HTL-1) – (2 hours / 70km) – Timings (12:00) ……. Daily
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Down town / Liwa date Factory / Liwa Fort / Date farm / Moreb Dunes / Camel Farm
This two-hour tour introduces the major sightseeing in Liwa to first time visitors. Our guide will take you first to the Liwa Date Factory and will explain the history of dates and its importance to the Bedu life. The next stop will be a visit to one of the Old Forts which housed the tribal chief in bygone days. Next to the fort, you will have the chance to visit a Local Date Palm Plantation where you will witness the farm life and watch livestock breeding stations.
The drive continues southwards with the road winding through the spectacular scene of dunes towards Moreb Dune. The magical encounter with the great Empty Quarter starts here, the endless sea of sand dunes will captivate your soul and the scenery will become more and more breathtaking! We will reach our destination, Moreb Dune area, which translates into “The Gigantic Dune” due to its height of some 220 meters above sea level. Here the Abu Dhabi authorities have established a base camp and an arena for watching the annual race which takes place around the first week of January. The activities include 4×4, Camel, Horse as well as Falcon racing.
Our guide will drive you to the top of the famous dune where you will have a “bird’s eye view” of the whole area so that you can practice your photography skills. On the way back and before reaching Liwa Hotel, our guide will stop at one of the local Camel Farms where you will be introduced to the “Desert Beast”.
LIWA ADVENTURE (LWA-HTL-2) – (2.5 hours / 70km) – Timings (09:00) …… Daily
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Moreb Dune / Camel Farm / Sabkha / Avalanche / Sand Roses / Roller coaster dune drive
This tour leaves the Liwa Hotel and drives you southwards some 30 km towards the “Moreb Dune”, which mean the Gigantic Dune due to its height of some 220 meters above sea level. Here the Abu Dhabi authorities have established a base camp and an arena for watching the annual race which takes place around the first week of January.
We will continue the journey through the undulating sand dunes of the largest sand desert of the world! We will stop at a “Camel Farm” where you will be introduced to the life of bygone days of camel herding and bedu life. 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 mix of landscape is breathtaking, from “Sabkha Land” (dried-up salt lakes) to sand bush forest and gigantic dunes with the sound of “Sand Avalanche“, a unique experience reserved for the sand dunes of Liwa area.
We pass by 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. The last stop will be at a unique spot where you will witness another major attraction, namely the sighting of 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.
LIWA SAFARI + BBQ (LWA-HTL-3) – (4 hours / 50 km) – Timings (15:30)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Camel Farm / Sabkha / Avalanche / Sand Rose / Sunset / BBQ Dinner & Evening Sky
This tour leaves the Liwa Hotel some two hours before sunset and the journey takes us through the undulating sand dunes of the largest uninterrupted sand desert of the world! We will stop at a “Camel Farm” where you will be introduced to the life of bygone days of camel herding and bedu life.
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 mix of landscape is breathtaking. From “Sabkha Land” (dried-up salt lakes) to sand bush forest. The gigantic dunes with the sound of “Sand Avalanche“, is a unique experience reserved for the sand dunes of Liwa area. once we reach our camping spot, we will have one last stop to witness another major attraction, namely the sighting of 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.
Once at our camp site, you will be having the time to climb a high dune where you will enjoy the magical sunset. Meanwhile, our guides will prepare a mouth-watering “BBQ Dinner” followed by a traditional mint tea and local dates. The return journey through the darkness of the desert ads that little more spice to whole experience!
LIWA CAMPING SAFARI (LWA-HTL-4) – (16 hours / 70 km) – Timings (15:30)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Camel Farm / Moreb Dune / Sabkha / Avalanche / Sand Rose / Sunset / BBQ Dinner & Evening Sky / Camping / Sunrise + B’fst
The ultimate combination of the Sunset Safari with BBQ dinner and a bivouac-style camping. A visit to Liwa would not be complete without experiencing camping under the clear “Night Sky”. You would probably agree with us that light pollution in the cities is the main obstacle for enjoying a clear view of the sky, however in Liwa we are far away from civilization and the pollution is minimal.
We strive to make your “Camping Experience” a comfortable one. You will be provided with clean sheets, soft mattresses, pillows and warm sleeping bags. Our tents are Igloo type, good for two and 4 adults. Our guide will prepare you a mouthwatering “BBQ Dinner” followed by a hot cup of tea with fresh mint and local dates.
After dinner, lay back and relax, gaze at the flames of a bonfire and start counting the stars! Karim will walk you through the Milky Way and introduce you to your first lesson in Astronomy.
Wake up early morning and catch the “Sun rising” above the horizon. We will prepare a light “breakfast” after which we continue to our next adventure and before we leave the desert we will stop at the Salt Lake to show you the “Sand Rose”, a unique formation which grows underneath Sabkha Land consisting of crystallized Gypsum which takes Millennia to develop.
|RATES IN AE DHS / USD per passenger|
|TOUR CODE||EXCURSION||Pick-up Times||Days||Hours||Approx. Distance KM||Min. pax||Scheduled Dates/Timings||Additional fees for Non-scheduled timings based on exclusive 4×4|
|Adults||Children (Max. 2 per car)|
|LWA-HTL-1||Liwa Sightseeing||12:00||Daily||2||70||2||AED 200 / USD 55||AED 130 / USD 35||AED 200 / USD 55|
|LWA-HTL-2||Liwa Adventure||9:00||Daily||2.5||70||2||AED 300 / USD 80||AED 150 / USD 40||AED 300 / USD 80|
|LWA-HTL-3||Liwa Safari + Sunset BBQ||15:30||Fri & Sat||4||50||2||AED 365 / USD 100||AED 180 / USD 50||AED 730 / USD 200|
|LWA-HTL-4||Overnight Camping||15:30||Mon & Wed||18||70||2||AED 500 / USD 140||AED 300 / USD 80||AED 730 / USD 200|
Above tours include the following:
|Spaces are limited to a max. of 12 places per scheduled trip|
|4×4 with English speaking professional guide|
|Maximum capacity per 4×4 is 6 adults.|
|Children discount applies for ages 6-12 (max. 2 per car)|
|BBQ dinner (3 types of meat, 3 types of salad, rice, dates, tea, water & soft drinks)|
|Camping & all gear (tent for 2&4)|
|Breakfast (tea, coffee, jam, eggs, 2 types cheese, Yogurt, honey, cereal, bread, fruits)|
Items to bring along:
|Shorts/slippers for day tours|
|Campers should bring (Sleeping attire, personal hygiene, pullover, hand torch)|
|Bring only a small hand carry (space is limited)|
Terms & conditions
|Our excursions are valid from September to April each year; other periods are subject to availability and on request basis.|
|Above rates are inclusive of 5% VAT|
|Bookings should be made online and confirmed one week in advance|
|Full down payment is required upon confirmation unless otherwise agreed (at management’s discretion)|
|Due to limited seat capacity in our vehicles, we are not able to offer any discounts.|
|Due to limited spaces in cars, we are not able to refund any or part of the paid amount in case of cancellation and/or no show|
|Rub Alkhali Desert Tourism LLC reserves the right to cancel or withdraw any tour prior to departure, due to weather, sickness and strikes,|
|Disputes, and other events of force majeure. In such cases, a refund or partial refund may be given at the discretion of Rub Alkhali Desert Tourism LLC|