Liwa Desert Overnight
A magically, uniquinly UAE experience
This is the event not to be missed! Stay in an authentic Emirate desert camp in the same dune where Star Wars the Force Awakens was filmed. Hike for hours into the dunes where the shy gazelles “dhabi” roam. Experience the fiery sunsets and sunrises that rule over the UAE’s empty quarter. Glimpse into a life that many never see.
Timings for the below events will vary based on sunrise/sunset and temperatures.
FRIDAY: (4 hour trek, 10 KM)
You will arrive to the residence around midday, settle in, have lunch (except Oct trip), prepare for your hike and/or swim until late afternoon. We will begin our trek about 2 hours before sunset.
Trekking up dunes is no easy fete and you will find your poles quite handy. The hotter the sand, the softer the sand. We’ll go up, we’ll go down but before sunset we’ll find a nice spot to sit and have a snack. Sunset is nothing short of spectacular!
After sunset, we still have a little over an hour left to get back to camp. Time for head torches! We’ll walk over a few more dunes before arriving back at camp for a BBQ dinner, bonfire and retell of the days events.
Saturday: (4 hour trek, 8-10km)
Sunrise is every bit as magical as sunset. We’ll arise early and hit the trail an hour before sunrise to make it up to the high point. Here we’ll have a light snack and tea/coffee before heading out into the desert for another three hours. There will be a support vehicle with us the whole time so if anyone gets overheated or tired, there’s a ride back to camp. Also waiting back at camp for us will be a hearty breakfast. Guest are welcomed to enjoy the pool and facilities before departing back home.
Trail Type: Loop Trail
Distance: 15-20 km
Time: 8-10 hours
Suitable For: Beginners, children 7 years and older
Distance from Dubai: 3 hours
Distance from Abu Dhabi: 2 hours
Overnight Accommodations (full bathrooms/swimming pool)
2 First Aid Certified Guides
Hiking shoes or hiking boots
Backpack and 2L hydration bladder
Hiking poles/sand gaiters
2 liters of water
Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Towel & toiletries
Price: 890 AED plus VAT
THE AMAZING RESIDENCE
The residence is fully equipped with five full bathrooms, all bedding needs, electrical outlets and an amazing spring-fed pool. At night guest choose a spot to sleep either on top of the dune, on the grass under the stars, under the traditional arabic style majlis, and/or in air conditioned bedrooms (when available. This is an authentic experience in a small group, remote area. This event is open for all, but classified as a moderate hike due to the distance we walk through the desert.
ALL TREKS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural or unforseen circumstances (like rain, flooding, sand storms, excessive heat (32C/90F), etc.), UAE Trekkers will issue a trek voucher for the full amount of the trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek within the next six months.