Full Day Tours to Liwa – Empty Quarter
Liwa Tour for day visitors
Liwa Full Day Tours are offered by Rub Alkhli Desert Tours on weekly basis. We organize two ways transfer from both emirates ( Dubai & Abu Dhabi) in our air-conditioned fleet. 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 Liwa Full Day day tours 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 Full Day Explorer – (LWA-IND-1)
Distance (one way): 350 km from Dubai / 220 km from Abu Dhabi
09:00 – 20:00 ( 11-12 hours) …………From Dubai (Avani Hotel next to Ibn Battuta Mall )
10:00 – 19:00 (10-11 hours) ……….From Abu Dhabi (Millenium Central Mafraq Hotel)
Highlights: Car Museum (optional), Oasis towns, Date Farm, Old Forts, Desert Landscape, Salt Lakes “Sabkha”, Camel farm, Sand rose and “Sand Avalanche”
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 Millenium 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). The drive will take us to Madinat Zayed (The capital city of Al Gharbia Region) famous for it’s oil refineries and Solar power plant. Our guide will invite you for lunch in one of the best local restaurant serving ” Mandi ” specialty). After lunch we copntinue our 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. A visit to the date shop is a must, where you will have the opportuniy to savor many kinds of local dates and see the various products originating from this wonderfull fruit. Another interesting sight will be the old Liwa Fort settled at the foot of a “Green Dune” and surrounded by Date Palm Plantations.
The highlight of journey will soon start and a hidden call “Welcome to the Empty Quarter” can almost be heard from the top of those magnificent dunes!
The Desert Advneture will now begin, Tires will be defalted and seat belts buckled up, the ride over the dunes is a lifetime experience and your guide will navigate his path like a “sidewinder”. On your way you will be able to visit a Camel Farm where our guide can explain all about this marvellous beats! 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
(12 & below)
|Full day Liwa Explorer
(09:00 – 19:00) Abu Dhabi
800 Dhs/220 USD
525 Dhs/140 USD
990 Dhs/275 USD
Above rates include the following:
- Other pickup locations can be requested at an additional fee of (90 Dhs / 25 USD) per passenger (for two ways)
- Above rates are net and includes all services charges
- 2 ways transfers from (Abu Dhabi & Dubai – Liwa) with English speaking professional guide
- Pickup locations from Abu Dhabi (Millennium Central Mafraq Hotel – Tel. +971-2-659 6666)
- Pickup locations from Dubai (Avani Hotel next to Ibn Battuta Mall – Tel – 971-4-574 3111)
- Lunch at a popular local restaurant AND/OR Picnic in the open dessert
- Water & soft drinks
- Rates are valid from September 1st to May 30
- Children (6-12) receive 25% discount
- Transfers are carried out by our fleet of middle class vehicles, 4×4 and mini buses, depending on the total number of passengers* We provide child seats (on request)
Items to bring along:
* Casual attire/shorts/sandals/slippers
* Passport copies
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