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Best outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi - Discovering a different side to Abu Dhabi!

From the enticing charm of the vast Empty Quarter, the rugged ranges of Al Hajar Mountains, the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Arabia to the prospect of exciting adventures in the city of Abu Dhabi; this city offers its visitors a promise of thrilling adventure! Here's a list of places and attractions you can't afford to miss out on!


Horseback Rides at the Empty Quarter

The Rub 'al Khali' in the Empty Quarter is home to undulating dunes that stretches far and wide for around for 250,000 square miles, giving thrill-seeking tourists an invitation for adventure. With the guidance of a local tour guide, mount and gallop into the world's greatest untouched sand desert to explore the landscape and discover the ancient secrets of the sand dunes. Besides, if you're looking for a Liwa desert resort, you can check out properties like Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara for a comfortable stay.


The Liwa Forts in Abu Dhabi

Dotted across the fringe of the 60-mile greenery expanse, the Liwa Forts if popular for its panoramic views of the Liwa Oasis that boasts of a date palm plantation. You can also behold the sight of endless rolling dunes! For the intrepid tourists and history lovers, the seven reconstructed mud-brick forts and watchtowers that used to once protect the water resources of the town are definitely a must-see!


Discover the wonders of the Al Ain Oasis

Al-Ain Oasis is a green sanctuary that was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2011. It is possible to easily lose yourself here among the swaying palm trees. The spring water wielded by a splendid falaj irrigation scheme in the region has given rise to civilisations that can date back to 4000 years or more! This network gave rise to a vibrant city that is home to camel markets and a few museums, which includes the Qasr Al Muwaiji.


Journey of cycling

In Abu Dhabi, there are miles and miles of infinite deserts which offers the perfect blank canvas for cycling enthusiasts who rely on the pedal-power to take them on breath-taking voyages! Cyclists are spoilt for options here in Abu Dhabi. There are 3 experiences cyclists must seek which includes the fat-tire biking in the Empty Quarter and cutting paths down the dunes; experiencing the demanding ride to Jebel Hafit which has a 4,068-ft summit, and taking a leisurely ride on Al Hudayriat Island along the 6-mile cycling track as you marvel at the views of the city!


Adventure through the Tombs of Jebel Hafit

Nestled along the slopes of the tallest mountain in Abu Dhabi, the Jebel Hafit Tombs are oversized beehives and are one of the oldest archaeological sites in this country. Relics obtained from these tombs provide evidence to local trading which goes as far back as the Bronze Age. Before you spend your night under the starlit canvas of the Jebel Hafit Desert Park, make sure to embark on a hiking, riding or biking journey to soak in the mountain views!