Liwa Oasis Desert Drive from Abu Dhabi | La Vacanza Travel

Liwa Oasis Desert Drive from Abu Dhabi

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

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  • 9 hours
  • Abu Dhabi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Experience the overwhelming beauty and silence of the UAE’s famous Liwa Oasis on an exciting full-day desert safari from Abu Dhabi. Travel by air-conditioned 4x4 to this remote swathe of sands and oasis in the vast Rub al Khali or "Empty Quarter," one of the world’s largest and most spectacular dune deserts. Enjoy a 2-hour desert drive past the towering red and orange dunes; watch for wildlife such as Arabian gazelle; and relax over a picnic lunch in the cool of a palm-shaded oasis before your return to Abu Dhabi.

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Stop At: Liwa Oasis, Liwa Oasis, Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Begin your desert experience with a pickup from your centrally located Abu Dhabi hotel. Meet your expert driver-guide, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, and then set off toward the southern edges of the UAE.

As you travel, hear fascinating facts about the Liwa Oasis, a series of oases at the north of the Rub Al Khali or "Empty Quarter," the world’s largest desert of continuous sand. This immense desert extends from the southern UAE to southern Saudi Arabia, and into Oman and Yemen, and was once home to the tribes who went on to settle Abu Dhabi.

Along the way, gaze out at the desert scenery and watch as the sand changes color from creamy yellow to dark orange. Then, after around two hours, arrive on the outer fringes of Liwa and marvel at the ocean of dunes that stretches endlessly before you.

Follow the black-topped roads through the dunes and feel the thrill as your driver steers you off road onto the sands for a roughly 2-hour desert drive. Have your camera ready as you rumble past the incredible dunes, lush oases, desert settlements and camel farms.

As you explore, your guide will point out places of interest and interesting indigenous flora. Keep a watch, too, for desert wildlife such as the nimble Arabian gazelle, rabbits and lizards, and hear how they forage for food and water in this arid expanse.

After working up an appetite, stop at an oasis to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Savor goodies such as chicken pasta, fruit salad and muffins teamed with refreshing soda and water, and drink in the overwhelming silence and sense of emptiness around you as you eat.

Explore further after lunch and then, when the time comes, head back to the bustle of Abu Dhabi. Your trip ends with a drop-off back at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Duration: 5 hours

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned 4x4
  • Picnic lunch including soda and mineral water

  • Gratuities
  • Private Tour for upto 4 people per Car per Booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Emirates Tours and Safari LLC is a company based in Abu Dhabi and our pickup locations are within Abu Dhabi only. Unfortunately, we do not offer pickup from Dubai or any other emirates except Abu Dhabi.
We offer pickup from any Hotel, Shopping Malls in Abu Dhabi.

Departure Time

08:30 AM

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9 hours

User's Reviews


29 Feb, 2024

Wonderful experience. Very authentic, amazing desert, vast and isolated. Got to really experience the desert and oasis was lovely. Lunch sitting under the palm trees oasis surrounded by the desert is a unique experience. Our guide, Aris, was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, pointed out so many interesting facts, very friendly and made the trip memorable. He even stopped along the ride and lets us climb a large sand dune. Highly recommend to anyone that wants a real desert immersion as opposed to the touristy evening desert safaris, but you need a full day since Liwa desert is around 2.5 hours from the Abu Dhabi.


04 Jan, 2024

What a day! From the moment of booking to the drop-off, everything was just perfectly organized and they keep you informed about pick-up time and everything. My driver was Aris, who is just an amazing person. He told a lot about the desert and its surroundings which was very interesting. Also, he is a very good photographer, and as I was travelling alone, it was nice that he took some pictures. And it was just nice to chat with him about this and that during the ride. The driving in the dunes, lunch under the palms in an oasis and several stops at nice spots was just awesome. Thank you very much Aris for this unforgettable day!


31 Oct, 2023

Great Tour with an experienced tour guide ans an exelent driver Aris 👍. We had fun while driving across the Dunes. Saw some gazelles ans had a delicious lunch in a smal Oasis. Also we visited a Camelfarm.


23 Apr, 2023

We had great time during the all day long safari with our super safari driver Aris; he was simply a fantastic guide, a perfect driver and a professional photographer too😉 I will truly recommend to anyone this experience Thanks Aris


23 Apr, 2023

Wonderful experience and beautiful landscapes. Our guide, Aris, outdid himself doing his best to accommodate every our need. He not only drove us safely through the desert, but also took amazing pictures of us. Cherry on top, lunch and nap in the oasis under palm trees with singing birds. 100% recommended!

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