Thursday, July 26, 2012

At the edge of a great big desert...


Can you guess where this awesome place is? Are you clueless or have you been here once and wanted to come back just like me?


This is the home of the highest sand dune in the world, a cranking 120 meter tall 50 degree slope and is located at the edge of Rub Al Khali Desert- the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world also known as the Empty Quarter. This is Liwa -  the birthplace of the Baniyas Tribe or the Al Nahyan family and are the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. Liwa is at the southern most part of Abu Dhabi almost at the border to Saudi Arabia. It is an oasis with around 50 thriving villages.

This is also the farthest road trip we have done ever in UAE. A stretch of 330-380 km drive from Dubai/Sharjah all the way to this place for three hours, four if you cannot help to stop for photo ops.


We stayed at the Arabian inspired Tilal Liwa Hotel-a four star hotel with a five star appeal . Tilal Liwa is not in Liwa proper but already the sand dune overlooking from the car park is surreal. Liwa from the hotel is another 30 minutes drive while the Tel Moreeb Hill is to an hour. The hotel provided a road map to Liwa and to Tel Moreeb so we weren't lost at all.


The ample car park outside the hotel was full and the hotel was also fully booked that day.



We saw this fort on our way to Moreeb Hill.















The road to Tel Moreeb is bumpy even on a smooth highway. As you can see nature tries to reclaim what belongs to it.



This is the Tel Moreeb dune (Scary Mountain) -the highest among all the giant shifting sand dunes in this area. It is deserted during our visit but onece a year there is a festival here attended widely by motor enthusiasts.

7 comments:

  1. what a beautiful place beautifully captured!

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  2. Ang ganda ng shots! Lalo na yung first photo. I've never been to Liwa.

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    1. It's a must see Ms. Jo, malayo pero worth it puntahan. there are other hotels like qasar al sarab, liwa rest house and Liwa hotel, we stayed at tilal liwa which is also a good option.

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  3. Wow Carla, ang ganda at ang galing :)
    Gustong gusto namin pumunta sa Liwa kaso nung attempt namin halfway lakas ng sandstorm.
    Great summer get away :)

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  4. After spending few years in Dubai i must say What moreover you end up to get preferring Dubai been always enjoyable fascinating experiment and a city-state that compare to like no other. DESERT SAFARI DUBAI

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  5. Hello Carla,

    Am going over your Liwa blogposts now, and got me excited to see the dunes myself and do sandboarding too when we drive there this weekend :)

    Salamat,
    Beverly

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  6. hi Beverly, I'm sure you will enjoy a lot. The weather is also great now for sandboarding unlike when we were there. You may also visit some camel farms which unfortunately we are not able to do before.

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