Liwa Travel Guide

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A village scene in Liwa Oasis

A village scene in Liwa Oasis

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Liwa is an oasis area in the Abu Dhabi emirate of the United Arab Emirates. It sits right on the edge of the Rub Al Khali (empty quarter), the largest sand desert in the world (ie. there is more sand in this desert than any other). A number of small towns and villages make up the Liwa area. Farms back right up against towering dunes hundreds of meters high. The sand varies in color from golden to red and changes rapidly during sunrise, sunset, and the specific area. There is a substantial palace in the area and a very nice 4 star hotel, the Liwa Oasis Hotel. The highways to and from the city of Abu Dhabi (about 2.5 hours away) are in excellent condition though there is usually construction near Abu Dhabi.

Try to Visit Tal Mer'eb (usually written as Merheb Dune) where the high sand dune slipfaces are used for skiing, biking and four wheel driving.

The area is perfect for dunes safari but very dull in entertainment options.