Showing posts with label Things to do in Liwa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Things to do in Liwa. Show all posts

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Sand Boarding in Liwa 101

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Sandboarding is one of the activities we engage ourselves in during our stay in Tilal Liwa. It was our first time doing the sport and we were on our own. Carrying two boards from the hotel and four cold bottled water, we went in search of the ideal dune. :) hehe! Actually, there is no ideal dune, It's just a product of my own imagination hehhehe! The height of the dune you will use depends on how courageous you are to try it. From far the mounds of sand look small but when you get there it is humongous. We were all beginners - did I said that already? :D

The sand dunes all look like this surrounding the hotel and from the hotel, we walked to here, it is about  500 meters away. We decided to use the dune we first reached because going to the next is a suicide, it's too hot outside may be more than 50 degrees C and the sand gets hotter by the minute.



At this point, we only followed our instincts.
First step: Stand at the top of the dune, position the board at the edge of the slope.



Second Step: Slowly slide the board downward, keep your knees bent and keep your balance as you slide


Third Step: Let slide until you reach the bottom. You can scream all you want if you feel like doing so. :D


Now we have learned the steps on how to do the proper sandboarding, you can also try other positions like the sitting position



While out in the sun, keep yourself well hydrated, the only thing was the cold water can easily become lukewarm in the heat so drink it before it boils. :D

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tilal Liwa Hotel Summer 2012

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A road trip to the southern most part of Abu Dhabi was our best bet for our summer getaway for 2012. We booked two rooms at Tilal Liwa Hotel for the weekend. Tilal Liwa Hotel is perched at the edge of the Rub Al Khali desert-the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world and is home to the highest sand dune Tel Moreeb.

We started from Sharjah at 9 am Picked up our friends and head for a quick breakfast before starting our journey. It was a three to three and a half hour drive to Liwa from Dubai. That's about 330-380 km so we stock up on water, finger foods and filled our tank with gas full.



We reached the hotel by midday and it was scorching hot outside. Ferald chose to park the car himself instead of giving it to the valet. There was an ample parking space just outside in front of the hotel but it was too hot to walk from the parking to the hotel even if it was just a few meters away. A covered walkway would be great.

Nonetheless, the doorman greeted us with a smile and assist us with our bags. They served us some refreshing mint lemonade as we check in.

The very friendly Filipina staff allowed us to check in an hour early since one of the rooms we booked was ready. As she handed the keys to our room she said that they have upgraded our rooms with balcony and courtyard view. I have requested for this while booking the room but was not given the confirmation and was told it is upon availability. Thank you Tilal Liwa :)

The rooms are spotlessly clean. There were complimentary tea and coffee. The shower is working well with the hot and cold setting. There are many TV channels including English channels and wifi is also available and it is for free.:D


Dinner and breakfast were good. Dinner and breakfast were included in our room package but it doesn't include the barbecue. The smell of grilled meats and seafood at the terrace was irresistible so, in addition to the lavish spread already at Al Badiya restaurant, we shelled out an extra AED 175 or $ 20/ person for it.

The infinity pool was our favorite. Instead of overlooking the sea, it overlooks to some great sand dunes.We enjoyed it most in the morning after we finished with sand boarding since we really need to cool down. We could only manage sand boarding for 20 minutes before deciding to go back to the hotel. It was really fun but it was too hot to stay out. If it was in winter, we could have stayed longer and try to find higher dunes to try.

There are other activities like camel farm tour, dessert safari, quad biking, and table tennis. We could not go to the camel farm tour for lack of time so instead, the boys played table tennis while me my friend chilled at the swimming pool.

Tilal Liwa is not in Liwa proper, Liwa and Madinat Zayed City is another 30 minutes drive from Tilal Liwa and the Tel Moreeb-the highest sand dune in the world is another hour drive but it is really worth the visit.

Have you been to Tilal Liwa. Honestly, I want to go back.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

At the edge of a great big desert...

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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 place 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 now the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. Liwa is in the southernmost 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 to take photo.


We stayed at the Arabian inspired hotel. Tilal Liwa Hotel is a four-star hotel with a five-star appeal.


Tilal Liwa is not yet in Liwa proper but already the sand dune overlooking the car park is surreal. 

Liwa from the hotel is another 30 minutes drive while the Tel Moreeb Hill is to another hour. The hotel provided us a road map to Liwa and to Tel Moreeb so we weren't lost at all.


The ample car parking outside the hotel was full and the hotel was fully booked even it was in the middle of summer.


We saw this fort on our way to Moreeb Hill.














The road to Tel Moreeb gets a little bumpy at times. As you can see, nature tries to reclaim itself.



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

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