Desert balloon expeditions
Leave the glitz and glamour of the city behind and join a one hour balloon expedition into the heart of the desert. Enjoy a magical ride over giant red sand dunes, emerald green oases, gazelles and wandering camels.
The adventure, takes off approximately at sunrise from a desert oasis north of Al Ain, transportation from Abu Dhabi is provided free of charge. Costing AED 995 (US$ 271) for adults and AED 850 (US$ 231) for children (5 – 12 years), you will experience unlimited fun and memories for a lifetime! Balloon expeditions are from September to May.
September & April @ 4.30am
October @ 4.45 am
November & March @ 5am
December & January @ 5.15am
May @ 4.15am
Telephone: +971 4 285 4949
Get a bird’s eye view of the capital’s landmarks and heritage sites or experience the majestic Liwa Desert with a Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) helicopter sightseeing tour.
Using the fully air-conditioned, forward-facing seated Eurocopter EC-13, the FAS tours offer outstanding panoramic views of urban and rural Abu Dhabi, from the skyscraper dotted Corniche, to the arid tranquillity of the Empty Quarter – the world’s largest expanse of unbroken desert.
With departures to suit clients’ schedules, a maximum of six passengers can fit in the EC-130 – the result being an intimate occasion that is perfect for small groups.
The 20 or 30-minute tours depart Marina Mall daily and take in Lulu, Reem, Saadiyat and Yas islands, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest indoor theme park.
The 90 minute Desert Experience tour is a one-way trip to the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort deep in the vast splendour of Liwa, at the entrance to the Empty Quarter. With views of urban Abu Dhabi and its outer suburbs, surrounding farmland and the Liwa Desert and Oasis, guests stay at Qasr Al Sarab for the evening before flying back to Abu Dhabi city the following morning.
Telephone (24/7 hotline): +971 2 444 0007 / +971 50 6681505
Sand boarding & skiing
Skiing takes on a whole new meaning on Abu Dhabi’s desert dunes. Boasting the world’s largest dunes in, towering hundreds of metres above the surrounding plains, the Liwa Oasis on the edges of the Rub al-Khali or Empty Quarter is a sand skier’s paradise. So strap on your sand board and sashay down the seemingly endless red sand slopes for an exhilarating experience. For novice skiers, daunted by the 300 metre Liwa dunes, skiing down gentler slopes that stretch across the Abu Dhabi desert may be the place to start this daring adventure.
A word of caution though: desert temperatures will be quite high during the day, so aim for the dunes in the early morning. Wear light clothes, sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the strong sun, and don’t forget to use plenty of sunscreen.
Desert safari & dune bashing
The vast expanse of desert that lies outside the Liwa oasis in the Western Region is perfect for adrenaline fuelled off-road driving. With 300 metre dunes and long sand valley, you’ll never get bored of desert driving. Rent a four wheel drive from Abu Dhabi, get a good map and explore to your heart’s content – but never go out alone, always make sure there is more than one vehicle.
With 20 years experience in the UAE hospitality industry, Net Tours’ Liwa safari experience invites visitors to Marvel at the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali), crane their neck at Moreeb Hill and the Empty Quarter’s 300-metre high sand dunes and enjoy smoky sunsets and luminous sunrises.
Your trip to Liwa (a two hour drive from Abu Dhabi city), will start with a thrill-a-minute spot of dune bashing as the Net Tours 4×4 navigates a bumpy trail through the meandering sands. Take in ‘Camel Rock’, ‘Saddle Rock’ and the ancient ‘Fossil Rock’ before stopping for a light snack in the golden surroundings of the stark desert.
From there, the safari party heads to old settlements and camel farms for what is a truly fascinating look at traditional nomadic desert lifestyles. After lunch in the four-star Liwa Hotel, guests can enjoy a few hours down-time, or take a trip to see a splendid cadre of desert live-stock and animals, before settling in to their tents for a night under the stars.
With a sunrise to take your breath away, the trip ends with swift transport back to Abu Dhabi city.
Telephone: +971 2 6794656
Ride the track at Yas Marina Circuit
Experience the Yas Marina Circuit louder, faster and at person: if you are a motorsport fan, booking a track experience is a unique opportunity. Yas Racing offers a variety of options, to suit all tastes. A series of track day packages are available, including ‘Driver Experiences’, ‘Passenger Experiences’, ‘Private Driving Tuition’ programmes and ‘Racing License Courses’. For more info, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
The Yas SuperSport SST package gets you in a 2-seater open-cockpit Le Mans-style race car, equipped with a highly tuned four-cylinder racing engine that will blow you away. Master the corners of our Formula 1™ circuit and compete with the wind. Price: AED 1,200 / US$ 327
The closest you’ll get to personally driving a Formula 1™-style vehicle, featuring a 3000cc V6 created by renowned engine-builder Cosworth, is while booking a seat behind the wheel of the Formula Yas 3000. On-board cameras will capture all the action and preserve this incredible memory for you. Price: AED 1,200 / US$ 327
For a perfect experience of handling turns on the official Formula 1™ circuit, drive the Aston Martin GT4 race car. It’s light, with the smooth curves of a road-friendly Vantage and a 4.7-litre V8 engine. Price: AED 1,500 / US$ 409
Feel the high-octane adrenaline rush as you go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at the Yas Drag Racing Strip in a 400-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Price: AED 600 / US$ 164
Yas Marina Circuit is opening its north circuit to all drifters during its Yas Drift Nights. Come and experience the raw thrill of sliding and swerving around a section of the circuit in your very own street legal vehicle. Once your vehicle receives approval, each car will run alone on the track for a two minute duration. Racing will not be permitted between drifters. You can enjoy as many runs as possible within the four-hour session (8pm -12am). Price AED 600 / US$ 164
Telephone: +971 2 659 9800 or 800 YAS (927) (9am – 6pm)
In person: Yas Viceroy (9am – 6pm); West Entrance Welcome Centres, Yas Marina Circuit (9am – 6pm); Ferrari World Abu Dhabi YMC Kiosk, (Tuesday – Sunday from 12pm – 10pm
Welcome to Wadi Adventure, the Middle East’s first man made whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility.
Known for its extensive natural cave system and hot water springs, Jebel Hafeet has long been a tourist attraction for the region. Wadi Adventure has now added another reason for you to visit this spectacular part of the UAE.
Wadi Adventure is an ideal day out for the family, friends or just by yourself. With everything to offer at the state-of-the-art facility, all you need to bring is a sense of adventure and we will make sure you head home with an experience of a lifetime.
Our mission is to provide a unique, world class and unrivalled whitewater and surf experience to our guests in a fun, safe and comfortable environment.
We invite the world to explore and experience the incredible facilities found at Wadi Adventure. We make it our mission to bring people together of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to enjoy the highest international standards of quality, service, adventure and entertainment.
Designed exclusively for all our smaller guests, the kids splash pool is a safe and fun environment for children. Located close to the family swimming pool and the surf pool, you and your children can be have some fun, relax and enjoy everything Wadi Adventure has to offer, to its fullest.
An upgraded area overlooking the surf pool with VIP services available. The Al Ain Water VIP Zone is a great place to reserve with friends for a day of relaxation and pampering amongst all the adventure.
If you have any questions about the park or your day at Wadi Adventure, please refer to our FAQ’s page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then please do not hesitate to contact us.
For General Enquiries please call us on +971 (0)3 781 8422 and for specific requests, we will transfer you through to the appropriate department. Alternatively, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and allow 24 hours for one of our team to respond.
From Abu Dhabi: Follow the E22 from Abu Dhabi toward Al Ain. As you enter AL Ain, turn right at the 2nd roundabout. Continue to the 7th roundabout where Ain Al Fayda appears on your right. At this roundabout, turn left onto the driveway of Wadi Adventure.The journey should take approximately 1hr 45 mins.
GPS Coordinates: N 24° 05.616′, E 55°44.280′
Al Forsan International Sports Resort
Al Forsan International Sports Resort is the first of its kind in the Middle East, featuring a combination of world class extreme and leisure sports and an outstanding range of dining and leisure facilities.
The Resort is strategically located in Khalifa City, the heart of the new Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan and just 10 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The Resort is the ultimate destination for all sports professionals and enthusiasts, corporate groups, event organisers, families and friends who are seeking an exciting, entertaining and enjoyable environment suitable for all ages.
On the track, on the water or on horseback – however you like your fun you’ll find a wide range of exceptional sports facilities to make every day one of challenge and performance. With a range of fine dining, food and refreshment venues to relax and re-energiseyourself, Al Forsan is the place to spend every spare moment.
Our aim at Al Forsan International Sports Resort is to achieve our vision by: Positioning Abu Dhabi as an international sporting destination on the world stage.
Discovering, developing and nurturing local sports talent to represent the UAE regionally and internationally
Providing a unique facility for hosting corporate and team building events
Enriching the social and leisure life of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Contributing to the increase of the GDP by becoming a major tourism attraction
We, at Al Forsan International Sports Resort are proud to assist our guests with a team of skilled professionals who are experts in their respective fields with many years of professional experience. Amongst them are world standard competitors, avid sports enthusiasts, talented chefs and much more. Trained to deliver a quality standard of service, our team is a mix of many nationalities ensuring we can cater to all of our guests.
Restaurants and Lounges
The dining experience at the Resort is as varied and as exciting as the sports on offer. Guests are spoilt for choice with an impressive collection of restaurants and cafes to cater for every taste. Diners will treat their palettes to great culinary specialties from around the world accompanied by non-alcoholic beverages.
T: +9712 556 8555
F: +9712 556 8777
Monte-Carlo Beach Club
Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat is the first beach club on the island of Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, and is designed to celebrate fine living, culture, wellbeing and health, reflecting the values and heritage of Monte-Carlo SBM’s sister hotels and clubs in Monaco in a uniquely Arabian way.
The vibrant open kitchen is the heart of Le Deck, the smart casual restaurant where expert chefs create culinary delights from eclectic Mediterranean cuisines, with specialties inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras, and the Levant.
Witty and unique design features
Mouthwateringly fresh fish and seafood feature strongly on the menu. Witty and unique design features decorate the interior, creating spaces ideally suited for larger convivial groups of friends dining together, and other, more private corners for intimate occasions.
Outside, on the stunning terrace, the dining experience is equally elegant, as you enjoy the fresh breeze and views of the pool along with the lavishly landscaped gardens beyond
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