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Qasr Al Sarab, United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 2 886 2088

For reservations

Tel: +971 2 895 8700 or

Anantara Resorts is proud to be affiliated with

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Area Excursions

Each day, Anantara features a range of organised and do-it-yourself Abu Dhabi excursions across the desert that let you see beyond the boundaries of the hotel.



The tribesmen of Liwa took great pride in their hunting skills. Try your hand at archery; with static targets set for different shooting ranges, this is an activity both beginners and professionals can enjoy. All you need is good upper body strength and a keen eye.

Choose from multiple sessions at the range throughout the day, just a short driving distance from this luxurious Abu Dhabi resort. Limited to six guests per range master and comfortably allowing for six shooters per session, an archery activity can take around an hour and a half to complete and is suitable for adults and children over the age of eight. View activity video

Desert Walks

Desert Walks

Enjoy the splendour of the great outdoors on a guided desert walk. Learn about the history of the local area, its unique culture and interesting animals. This activity is a fun excursion for the family, allowing you to select different walks to suit your needs and fitness levels. View activity video

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Camel Trekking

Camel Trekking

Step aboard the ‘ship of the desert’ for an unforgettable journey across the Liwa Desert. Camel trekking is one of the most popular activities on offer. With three different treks to choose from, there is something for everyone. View activity video

Family Trek
Family treks are ideal for families with children over the age of four. This fun-filled activity takes place in the valleys around the hotel. The activity duration is around an hour and 15 minutes.

Short Trek
If you are pressed for time, you can opt for a short trek in the afternoon. This activity takes around 45 minutes, providing you with plenty of photo opportunities.

Sunset Trek
For those of you looking to capture the magic of Arabia, the sunset trek is the way to go. The longest of the trekking activities, it can take up to an hour and 45 minutes to complete, with a quick stop for refreshments in an Arabian setting. Camel treks are limited to small groups in order to enhance the experience. Alternatively, you can just bring your camera and meet the stars of the show - our camels.

Dune Bashing

Dune Bashing

If you’re looking to gain the most ground on your trip to the desert, then hop into our specially adapted 4x4 vehicles and let our guides take you for a scenic adventure route. Learn about native flora and fauna on a desert safari. The dune-bashing activity is perfect for action-seekers. View activity video

Desert Safari
Sit back and enjoy the view as your guide takes you on a journey among some of the tallest dunes around. Stop atop the dunes for a picture opportunity and learn about the shifting of the dunes and the indigenous plants and animals that inhabit them. This activity is suitable for adults and children over the age of four.

Dune Bashing
If you are a thrill-seeker, then you will thoroughly enjoy an action-packed 4x4 session as our trained guides steer you across the desert dunes. This activity usually takes place in the early morning or late afternoon, to ensure the sand is hard enough to drive on. Dune-bashing is suitable for adults and children over the age of six. 

Falconry and Saluki Show

Falconry and Saluki Show

Discover the ancient traditional sport of falconry and hunting with salukis which has been practised for thousands of years in the UAE. Falcons have become a cultural symbol of the region owing to their skill and personality whereas Arabian Salukis are known for their excellent speed, intelligence and stamina which made them both the perfect hunting companions for centuries.Enjoy the best indigenous experience by interacting with the locals and learning traditional hunting techniques. Be enthralled by a live falcon and saluki show, followed by engaging stories and experiences about hunting with these wonderful creatures. View activity video

Falconry is not available during the summer months.  Please contact us to find out about the periods when this activity can be booked.  

Liwa Tour

Take a trip to the Liwa Oasis and discover a historic place that emerges like a mirage within the Empty Quarter. Amidst the dry desert landscape, this verdant oasis symbolises the energy of life in a captivating romantic surrounding. An activity not to be missed!

The tour leaves daily from the resort and stops at six unique locations that portray the rich culture of the UAE. Explore the historic Liwa Fort and visit a palm tree farm, a cucumber farm and a camel farm. Gaze at the majestic Mureeb Dune and discover the Camel Race Track.

Refreshments will be provided and our guides will also hand out information about the area and history of the region. Most importantly, don’t forget your camera! This activity takes four to five hours and is suitable for all ages.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Enveloped by an alluring expanse of golden sand dunes, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara offers guests the opportunity to traverse the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter on horseback.  Explore the captivating surroundings with a range of horse riding activities organised by the resort, each of which are tailored to suit individual abilities.  Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned rider, we will ensure you leave with a truly memorable experience. View activity video

Horse riding is not available during the summer months.  Please contact us to find out about the periods when this activity can be booked. 

Fat Biking

Fat Biking

Explore the awe-inspiring beauty of the Liwa Desert aboard a fat bike. Take to the golden sand dunes for an adrenaline-packed experience across the endless rugged landscape. The gently curving slopes and pleasant weather makes it an ideal spot for amateurs and experienced riders alike. Admire camels in grazing in the wild and get a chance to meet local people to learn about the culture and heritage of the land. View activity video

The age limit for this activity is a minimum of 14 years

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

P.O. Box 131277,
1 Qasr Al Sarab Road,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel:       +971 2 886 2088
Fax:      +971 2 886 2086

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