Liwa Empty Quarter Overnight Camping

If you never thought you will camp in a place that sounds as isolated as the ‘Empty Quarter’, think again! One of the famous activities in the list of things to do in Liwa, overnight camping in the ‘Empty Quarter’ will change your opinion about this not so empty place. Enjoy a desert expedition as you explore the world’s tallest sand dunes, say hello to a breed of camels native to Liwa, go on a nature desert drive on roller protected 4x4 & camp out in the open desert environment go on a nature desert drive on roller protected 4x4 & camp out in the open desert environment. No pre-arrangements, only some exciting activities to introduce you to the desert and the chance to witness the sun set and rise over the desert horizon.

Per 4x4 vehicle 2200-2600 AED (Maximum 4 adults or combination of kids)

Per 4x4 vehicle 2200-2600 AED (Maximum 4 adults or combination of kids)

Tour In Detail

This Liwa overnight camping Empty Quarter expedition in liwa will be like no other desert camping experience you’ve had. After a pickup from your any location in UAE, your experienced Arabiers safari guide will drive you to the world’s largest sand desert on a 4x4. Home to some of the most excitement-inducing dunes that promise an unmatched camping experience, a visit to the Empty Quarter is one of the eagerly anticipated moment in Liwa by both tourists and locals. Experience your 4x4 nature driving across the biggest dunes and experience the world’s tallest sand dunes, the Tel Moreeb. Learn more about the inhabitants of the Empty Quarter by stopping at a local camel farm. Here, you can observe a breed of camels native to the Liwa desert. These camels are black in color unlike the white camels found in other parts of UAE. This calls for a few photos with you and the Liwa camels.

Make your way to the campsite and anticipate the sunset. Revel in the peace and quiet of a spectacular desert sunset. Keep yourself warm and cozy around the campfire until it’s time for dinner. Enjoy a live BBQ session with the cooling desert air and admire the desert at night. With uninterrupted views of the sky, stargazing in the Empty Quarter is a breath taking moments. And settle down in your sleeping bag for a good night’s sleep.

Wake up to the sun rising above the desert horizon, giving life to the desert environment with its golden light. Charge yourself with some Kahwa (Arabic coffee) and a light breakfast. If time permits you will also visit a vegetable farm and the Mezairaa Fort on your way back to respective cities. There might be many desert camping tours out there but camping in the Empty Quarter is not only a unique experience but also an achievement of spending time in a place that doesn’t sound inviting but unfolds its treasures for all who dare to visit it.

  • 20hours tours with private 4x4 & professional Experienced Liwa dune desert safari guide
  • 4x4 pick up from any location in Aub Dhabi
  • Camping gear (igloo tent, Arabic Pillows / Carpet and sleeping bags)
  • Dune bashing on the tallest empty quarter dunes
  • Live BBQ dinner (Outdoor)
  • Light Breakfast & Arabic Coffee (Outdoor)
  • Soft drinks & water in the car
  • Insurance & 4×4 vehicle (Rollover Protected)
  • Liwa Camel farm (Black camels) stop for photos
  • Sunset & sunrise views of Rub Al Khali
  • Bedsheet & Blankets
  • Camping Chairs & Arabic Seating mattress
  • Camp fire Set up
  • Visit Mezairaa Fort if time permit
  • UAE Vat 5 % and All services charges

  • Alcoholic beverages

Rate Details

Our Overnight Camping tour price charged per car & maximum 4 guest or combination of 4 guests. All inclusive per vehicle 2600 AED(All inclusive as per the above includes) for guest can participate in this expedition


Day 1


You will be picked up from your Abu Dhabi city hotels by 4x4 land cruisers for your Liwa overnight camping excursion.

You will observe the terrain shift throughout the 2.5-hour journey from the city to completely deserted lands. Lots of factories, fuel plants, and trucks will be going by on both sides as you travel Liwa's nearly 230 kilometres.

Take a break for a restroom and tea.

3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

arrive at the Liwa desert camping site. Stop to let the air out of the tires before riding over the Liwa dunes. Start the dune drive and enjoy the journey of the sand dunes at incredible speed with the vehicle tilting from side to side. In certain instances, it will almost feel like your vehicle is leaping over the ground when climbing the steep gradient of the dunes, and dipping into the cracks with sand obscuring the glass.

4.30 pm

Visit the Liwa camel farm where you can see the Majaheem or Malah breed of camels. Unlike the camels in the United Arab Emirates, which are brown, Liwa camels are typically black-coated and originated from the northeastern region of Saudi Arabia. Its most distinguishing features include a prominent hump in the middle of the back, long hair that covers the entire body, long legs, large feet, and a well-developed udder. It is among the greatest dairy producers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

5.30 pm

Arrive at the Liwa oasis camping area to enjoy the sunset and take breathtaking pictures of the setting sun.

5.30 pm to 7 pm

If you have booked your tour during the winter season, your guide will set up a campfire, and begin live cooking your BBQ dinner.

7.00 pm

You will be eating a BBQ meal and drinking Arabic coffee or soft drinks.

8.00 pm

Your campfire will be ready for you and your loved ones to enjoy a wonderful evening in the desert while stargazing. Depending on the environment and weather, you can come upon a breathtaking opportunity for stargazing.

9.00 pm

Time to retire to bed in the middle of the desert, where your guide will be nearby to watch over you.

Day 2

5.00 am to 6.00 am Sunrise

Wake and prepare to take in the sunrise ( the sunrise time can vary depending on the season)

7.00 am

Have your breakfast

8.00 am

Depart from the desert campsite

9.00 am

Visit Liwa Fort, one of the forts constructed in the Liwa oasis to protect against encroaching tribes.

12.00 am

Transfer to hotel in Abu Dhabi

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 72 hours in advance from the date of the experience.

Not Suitable For

Not recommended for luxury travelers & requested to book our Qasr Al Sarab experience from Abu Dhabi


Vegetarian & non vegetarian outdoor menu offered during the trip, those who want luxury dining experience requested inform in advance so we can book a dinning experience in Qasr Al Sarab. Vegetable kabab, Veg shashlik Spaghetti with mushrom, Butter Rice, Arabic bread with hamus mutabal & tabula, plus Shish tawook, mutton kabab, BBQ, deserts like Assorted pastries

Those who do usually not like road travel, from Abu Dhabi to Liwa it almost 230 km and it takes about 2.5 hours

Those who are wanting stay facilities like washroom, standard food and proper sleeping arrangement requested not to book this experience

Pick up Details

You will be picked up from any location anywhere from Abu Dhabi & approximately 1.30 pm – 2 pm you will be picked by 4x4. Anyone in other emirate required to come to any place in Abu Dhabi (Due to covid boarder rules changed, please refer local authorities)

You will be dropped after 20-21 hours of full tour & timings are based on your preferences


Liwa is extremely far from the city, therefore picking a company and guide with local knowledge is crucial. Additionally, it is advisable to avoid scheduling solo trips and travel with companions or a small group. Even though Abu Dhabi is the safest city in the world, travellers should always carry Abu Dhabi emergency numbers for convenience (999 for police and 998 for ambulance).

The T-shaped Liwa Oasis in Abu Dhabi is one of the biggest oases on the Arabian Peninsula. It is 100-kilometre in length and comprises date farms, Liwa Oasis camping area and tiny settlements which are home to roughly 20,000 people.

The empty quarter desertis located in a structural basin that spans a region of around 250,000 square miles (650,000 square kilometres), with smaller portions also present in Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

One of the most well-known oases in the United Arab Emirates is the Liwa Oasis, which spans more than 100 kilometres from east to west and is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, some of which reach heights of more than 150 meters. The Nahyan family, the rulers of the UAE and the emirate of Abu Dhabi have lived in Liwa Oasis for generations. The Bani Yas tribe of bedouins, in particular, used to cultivate date palms there, and they still do now. Finding cultivated palm forests in the middle of the desert will come as a surprise.

Al Gharbia is the name of the area in the western United Arab Emirates that is part of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Tourists frequently refer to Liwa, an oasis village, as the entry point to the Empty Quarter, a sizable area of dune-filled desert. Liwa's enormous Tel Moreeb sand dune is also located here. Along with other small islands, the region's gulf coast is home to beaches including Mirfa Beach. The Arabian Wildlife Park, with its free-ranging giraffes and cheetahs, dominates Sir Bani Yas Island.

Due to the location's incomplete area mapping and it being extremely off-road, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where it is. Only knowledgeable guides are able to navigate to the camping area.

Animals are predominantly black, with the occasional Arabian oryx. Since people frequently visit the region where you camp, there are no wild creatures roaming so there is no such risk.

Ordinary civilians don't reside in the Liwa oasis camping Site or the empty quarters. The employees who maintain the camel farms and desert camps are the only people who live there. The Gharbia Governorate has between 300,000 and 500,000 residents.

The Liwa date festival, which is held annually from July 16 to 24, can be combined with other activities on the same schedule. Consult the experts at Arabiers Desert Safari.