Top things to do in Al Dhafra

Top Choice Steak in Liwa Oasis

Suhail

You really don't get more romantic than sitting on Suhail's terrace with the rolling dunes as your backdrop. The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort's fine-dining restaurant serves up an international menu of steaks and mor…
African in Sir Bani Yas Island

Savannah Grill & Lounge

Bringing a fine-dining touch to the flavours of Africa, the restaurant of Al Sahel Villa Resort is a treat for even the most well-travelled palates. Dig into giant South African mushrooms on a bed of cornbread and s…
Dunes in Liwa Oasis

Moreeb Dune

The paved road out to the Moreeb Dune (Tal Moreeb) is a decent taster of desert scenery if you don't have a 4WD. This is the edge of the beautiful but fearsome Rub Al Khali and undulating, orange sand-dune fields ri…
Cultural in Madinat Zayed

Al Dhafra Festival

For 11 days, up to 25,000 long-legged dromedaries descend upon Madinat Zayed to take part in this hugely popular festival. Aside from camel races and the famous Mazayna (a camel beauty contest), there are other comp…
Italian in Jebel Dhanna

Zaitoun

This elegant restaurant at the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort has a good selection of pizzas, pastas and risottos (all under Dhs100 and with a few good vegetarian choices) and traditional mains of lamb chops and pan-sear…
International in Liwa Oasis

Green Liwa Oasis

It may look like a rather bland hotel-lobby restaurant – sit outside on the terrace overlooking the garden and pool if the weather's cool enough – but the Liwa Hotel's sole eating option serves up a tasty menu of ge…
Cafe in Madinat Zayed

Il Cafe de Roma

This cafe with loungey chairs on the terrace, good espresso-based coffee and a short menu of pastries, sandwiches and pasta is the nicest place to stop for miles around if you need a break from the road on the drive…
Italian in Sir Bani Yas Island

Olio

It's all about seaside views and breezy Mediterranean style at Al Yamm Villa Resort's restaurant, where the Italian menu runs from porcini pizza drizzled with white truffle oil to salmon doused in mustard sauce. The…
Museum in Al Dhafra

Emirates National Auto Museum

Like a kooky mirage, a pyramid-shaped structure rises from the desert sands some 45km south of Abu Dhabi on the lonely highway that leads to the Liwa Oasis. It holds the private car collection of Sheikh Hamad Bin Ha…
Fort in Liwa Oasis

Dhafeer Fort

This modest fort is one of a handful of strongholds scattered throughout the oasis that once helped guard the area from attack by rival tribes. There's nothing to see inside, but it's worth a quick stop to climb the…