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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Jan 18, 2016
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Desert Fun Activities in Abu Dhabi – Fun in The Sun & The Sand

As some of the most unique experiences accessible to tourists, desert sports and tours of every nature are available in holiday hotspot, Abu Dhabi. Here are some popular things to do when in the desert.


Dune Bashing

Tipped to be a sporting activity for off-road fanatics and adrenaline junkies, dune bashing is a one of a kind experience for visitors vacationing in Abu Dhabi. Heading out to the immense dune laden landscapes of the Empty Quarter or Tel Moreeb, participants can put their driving tests to the skills in this fun and thrilling activity. A popular pastime for group travellers, one must take a short driving course before heading out to the dunes as the challenges of driving an off-road vehicle in the desert packs in its own challenges. Nomad 4x4 L.L.C Dubai and the Emirates Driving Institute both offer courses in driving and organize dune bashing tours.


Hot-Air Balloon Rides

Those who wish to experience the desert in a whole new way can literally take to the skies when in Abu Dhabi. Often regarded as one of the best ways to uncover the majesty and beauty of the desert, the experience of hot air ballooning 3000 feet above ground, offers visitors a unique perspective of the entire landscape. Witness local wildlife such as camels roaming in the desert sands on a ballooning excursion which typically takes off in the early hours of the morning.


Desert Safaris

Safari enthusiasts holidaying in Abu Dhabi can enjoy the joys of exploring the magical atmosphere and attributes of the desert on a desert safari tour. Discovering the joys of the Bedouin lifestyle visitors can not only get a glimpse of local culture but also engage in a variety of activities including dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding and other showcases such as falconry before settling in for the night in a Bedouin tent. Vacationers can select a package of their choice from tour operators the likes of Al Badeyah Eyes Tourism.


Off-Road Experiences

Another popular activity for ecologically curious travellers, visitors can discover the unique fossils and mountains on an off-road tour of the desert. A highlight includes the Jebel Maleiha camp site where fossils which were part of the ocean eons ago are found on the slopes of the iconic rock. Hiking and ATV driving are part of these excursions which also include climbing Hatta Mountain with its breathtaking dunes and verdant oases.


Cultural Tours

Culture buffs touring Abu Dhabi can hit the desert's most iconic cultural hotspots while uncovering hidden treasures along the way. Check out these historical sites and monuments within driving distance of Abu Dhabi; Meyzad Fort, the Al Ain Forts and Al Murayjib Fort while several castles are also part of the landscape. Visitors based in a Sir Bani Yas Island hotel such as Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara can plan excursions to these sites.


Sand Boarding and Sand Skiing

Visitors with a flair for adventure sports activities can try their hand at sandboarding and sand skiing activities. Often practiced at the fringes of the Liwa Oasis in the Empty Quarter, sliding down massive dunes at breakneck speeds is the true joy of sand boarding and sand skiing. Dunes come in various shapes and sizes, therefore, sand-boarders and sand skiers can select a dune which matches their skill level and choose to sashay down taller slopes or gentler precipices. The early hours of dawn are best suited for both activities as the sand becomes unbearably hot as the day wears on.