Arabian Wildlife Park – Although mainly desert, Abu Dhabi is home to some incredible wildlife. Some 10,000 free roaming animals alone can be found at the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island. The park takes up about half of the island and features both indigenous and endangered wildlife. The park acts as a conservatory that aids with breeding and rehabilitation of animals, such as the Arabian rock hyrax, ostrich, Beisaoryx, giraffe and striped hyena.
Visitors to the park can embark on a 4X4 adventure led by expert guides. Drive through the natural habitats of cheetahs and flamingos for a glimpse of Mother Nature at hand. Apart from land creatures, visitors can also explore the deep blue with scuba diving and snorkelling sessions nearer the coast of the island. The coast also offers pearl diving, paddle boarding and day trips by seaplane or by boat for wholesome fun for the whole family.
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari – While most of the capital enjoys modern marvels like steel skyscrapers and luxury hotels, the outskirts of the city is still very much a desert. Take a spin around sand dunes as a modern nomad with a thrilling overnight desert safari.
During the safari, expect an adrenaline filled drive through some of the highest and most challenging sand dunes in the UAE, and a stop at a camel farm. The day comes to an end with a sunset watch, camel riding and sand boarding before a barbecue dinner with authentic Arabian belly dancing as entertainment. At nightfall, retreat to a traditional Bedouin style campsite in the middle of the desert for a good night’s rest.