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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…
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…
Landmark in Liwa Oasis

Moreeb Dune

Soaring almost 300m high, Moreeb (whose name translates as 'scary mountain') is one of the world’s tallest dunes. To get there, turn left at the second roundabout, about 5km west of central Mezaira'a, and keep right…
Sports in Mirfa & Ruwais

Al Dhafra Watersports Festival

Mirfa, a low-key, sleepy fishing village with a nice sandy beach, comes to life every April during this 10-day festival, which sees kite-surfing, sailing and swimming competitions along with dhow and dragon-boat rac…
International in Sir Bani Yas Island

Al Shams

This casual all-day eatery and lounge-bar at the Desert Island Resort & Spa overlooks the pool and serves fresh salads, pasta, a great burger, fish and chips and other snacks and light meals. After 5pm you can a…
Food & Drink in Liwa Oasis

Liwa Date Festival

The quest for the best date is on at this weeklong festival, which also features cooking competitions, a souq and a kids’ tent. These are accompanied by various competitions, including one for the most beautiful dat…
Sports & Outdoors in Liwa Oasis

Liwa Oasis Picnic

If you don't have camping gear, you can get fully kitted out by this outfit, which has three branches in the Liwa: one in central Mezairaa, another in the Jefn industrial area en route to Moreeb Hill and one at the …
Sports in Liwa Oasis

Liwa International Festival

The large, flat area at the base of the Moreeb Dune is the staging ground of the Liwa International Festival, featuring car and bike races alongside shooting competitions, falcon and camel racing and a classic car s…
Farm in Liwa Oasis

Fish Farm

At this fish farm near Khanur, you can buy fresh tilapia, carp and other fish and grill it up at your campsite later on. The turn-off for Khanur is about 20km west of Mezairaa. Ask locally for directions to the farm…
Supermarket in Liwa Oasis

Al Dhafra Hypermarket

The best place to stock up on food and water in the Liwa is this at the end of a commercial strip on the road to Madinat Zayed, next to the 24-hour petrol station. The market also has an ATM.