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Al Gharbia (Desert of Liwa, Abu Dhabi)

Visiting the Al Gharbia region and its Liwa desert is an adventure that is gearing up to fully experience an unforgettable experience, and probably your best memories in the UAE. This article offers different itineraries, for the visit of the region on a day or several days. Because the sites are remote, sometimes inaccessible or managed by hotels, do not venture without preparation. Because the distances are long and the desert expanses, poorly prepared his coming can make you completely miss out on his treasures.

The Liwa desert offers a limited hotels offer at the moment, which makes the region of Al Gharbia peaceful with only few tourists who venture there - but what are the best hotels? This top 5 presents the ranking of the editors of Odyfolio Emirates and will be your guide for book your hotel, thanks to our advices, opinions and recommendations.

The desert region of Al Gharbia is a jewel of the emirate of Abu Dhabi - few hotels but some beautiful establishments that this TOP 5 of the best hotels of Al Gharbia invites you to discover, with valuable recommendations, tips, and opinions on the hotels cited thanks to the experience of the editors of Odyfolio Emirates.

The island of Sir Bani Yas has been dedicated for nearly half a century to the conservation of endangered animal species - the former reserve of the emir of Abu Dhabi, the island is now endowed luxury hotels and is accessible to the public who marvel at the hundreds of thousands of trees planted in the desert, where thousands of animals roam freely.

The Liwa oasis stretches over 113km and has many fortresses that once protected this strategic site - what we call the route of the forts is a very unknown circuit, little tourist and almost ignored by the Abu Dhabi Tourist Board - yet it is one of the most beautiful experiences in the country.

The Moreb Dune (Moreeb Dune, Al Moreb Hill, Tal Mor'eb) lies on the border of the UAE, in the far south of the Al Gharbia region , attached to the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Departing Abu Dhabi in the morning to Anantara Qasr al Sarab Resort Desert Resort where we had a reservation for a few nights, we drove several hours in the Liwa desert which, as we drive further, becomes more and more beautiful. Then, where all life seems impossible in this ocean of dunes, a palace straight out of a tale of a thousand and one nights emerges behind a dune. Not a sign of life... would it be a mirage?

The Tilal Liwa Hotel is a beautiful four-star hotel on the outskirts of the Liwa desert. Located at the exit of the locality Madinat Zayed, it is a place of pleasant rest, and a location of choice to organize activities in the desert and apprehend the breeding of camels.

At the gateway to the Liwa Desert, the Abu Dhabi Automobile Museum, is a private collection of cars owned by Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. You can admire hundreds of vehicles from around the world: luxury cars, special editions or production vehicles. The museum traces part of the history of the world automobile and allows to imagine with nostalgia the life of the Arab princes of the years 1960 to 1990.

The coastal city of Mirfa - or Al Marfa - is a quiet village in the western region of Abu Dhabi, 120 kilometers from the capital Abu Dhabi. Ancient pearl fishing village, the small town welcomes every year the Mirfa Water Sports festival where meet the enthusiasts of Kyte Surf. Find in this article all the informations for your visit to Mirfa (opinions, hotel, advice, beach).

Follow our itinerary to visit the Liwa desert to discover the old forts, spend a few nights in beautiful hotels and discover the animal park of Sir Bani Yas Island.

It is the western region of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Western Region). The deeper we go, the more beautiful the dunes are. The oasis of Liwa extends for more than one hundred kilometers, the opportunity to visit the forts that once guarded the plantations.

Map of Al Gharbia region, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Al Gharbia is the western province of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is an unknown big empty quarter, away from major roads, and the few tourists who come there remain cloistered in the luxurious hotel Qasr al Sarab.

The sea coast can not be easily revealed from the highway linking Abu Dhabi to Qatar. But taking the boat for Sir Baniyas Island, we discover an atypical island where thousands of animals from protected species frolic, with magnificent hotels of the chain Anantara.