Dune Bashing at Liwa

Conquering sand dunes in one of the most inhospitable terrains in the world? Now that’s got to rate pretty high on the bucket lists of all the adventurous souls. Welcome to Dune Bashing, a sport like no other.

Discovering Liwa

The picturesque Liwa oasis is situated south-west of Abu Dhabi and is part of the great Rub al-Khali, the world’s largest stretch of sand. Yes, Sahara is the world’s largest desert. However, Sahara’s not all sand but is interrupted by large swathes of rocky outcrops and barren plains. Therefore, Rub al-Khali has the distinction of being the world’s biggest sand sea at 225,000 square miles and encompasses four nations including the UAE.

Sand dunes around Liwa

The beautiful sand dunes around Liwa oasis make for the perfect dune bashing experience. Novices can attempt the gentle rises while the experienced can try their hand at the 300-meter tall Moreeb dune.

No matter what you choose, the gentle slopes or the heavily inclined, whether you opt to drive or be a passenger, dune bashing makes every minute fun.

Dune bashing in the United Arab Emirates has taken on an iconic status among residents and visitors, which is why you might want to give it a go.

Handy Tips:

  • There are several tour operators who organize dune bashing sessions.
  • It is highly recommended that you do not attempt to head out to the desert on your own.