When people think of Abu Dhabi they imagine a sandy desert landscape.
Many people are unaware of the amazing oasis set in this country!
Imagine, amidst the rolling dunes of the desert, green foliage, towering date palms and pools of clear sparkling water.
The Abu Dhabi Oasis, or Liwa Oasis as its known, is just such a place.
Located about 150 km southwest of the great city of Abu Dhabi, the Liwa Oasis stretches itself out over a 100 km long cresent shape area.
Some 50 different villages is where a small population of people call home.
A popular weekend escape for many local residents in nearby Abu Dhabi, lets take a peek at the draw of this enchanting Liwa Oasis.
To begin, you will want to decide where to stay. The Liwa hotel is a luxury hotel that offers comfortable accommodations and familiar food and drink.
Relax and be pampered at this paradise in the middle of the desert. If you are a bit more adventurous, camping out under the stars is another favorite.
For those who opt for the middle-ground, the Liwa Rest House is government operated and open to the public. Whichever you decide, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Restaurants and grocery stores have made their way into the Oasis as well. So, now that you know where to go, what is there to do and see?
The Moreeb dune or Tal Mireb is a 100 meter high sand dune. A popular attraction as it is used for 4x4 competitions. If there are no events scheduled, the drive out is still worth it.
Street signs will help guide you along. The scenery here is amazing as the dunescape is practically untouched by poles and wire. At night, the stars spread out in a breathtaking display.
Whether you are looking to relax a few days, or want to play out here in the desert, this is the place to do it.
Escaping the hectic pace of city life is a common practice, no matter where you are in the world. Here in Abu Dhabi, the Liwa Oasis provides locals and visitors alike with a truly unique desert experience.
Come and see for yourself why its a favorite. No matter if you are scurring about the dunes in an off road vehicle or just taking in the sights, this natural wonder of verdant green in the middle of a golden desert provides just the sort of refreshment we all imagine that a proper oasis should!