Where the desert meets the sea, the Western Region, also known as Al Gharbia makes up over two thirds of Abu Dhabi emirate. Along its hundreds of kilometers of coastline are stunning beaches and islands, which are gradually being developed for visitors.
Al Gharbia is also home to Liwa, a historic oasis town that sits at the entry to the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) – the world’s largest sand desert. Here you will find the UAE’s most adventurous off-road driving and some of its most incredible scenery to take your breath away.
On Sir Bani Yas Island, 240 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, lies the Arabian Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 10,000 free roaming animals, and takes up approximately half of the island.
The Western Region is also home to a range of exciting events and annual heritage festivals including the Liwa Date Festival held in July which is an incredible way for non-locals to experience Emirati culture up close. The Liwa Date Festival promotes and celebrates the symbolic and historic role that the date palm plays in Emirati life.
Other events include the Al Dhafra Camel Festival which features almost 24,000 camels and attracts thousands of spectators every December and the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, a 10-day family festival held on the stunning Al Mirfa coastline, that gathers enthusiasts keen to take part in competitions such as kite-boarding, wake-boarding and surf-ski kayaking.
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