Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the nerve centres of the UAE’s tourism industry. However, there are also quite a few wonderful tourist escapades outside both the places that lure travellers from across the world. We have zeroed down upon a couple of resorts each near Abu Dhabi and Dubai that offer the right blend of leisure and adventure. These resorts are perfect for a quick getaway during your holiday in either of the destinations.

Desert Resorts near Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Al Maha Desert Resort (Dubai)

It is located within an hour’s drive from Dubai and is nestled in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The resort offers exquisite views of the wildlife, camel treks and a fine chance to explore the ecology of the place. You can book any of the 42 comfortable and luxurious suites. The onsite Al Diwaan restaurant offers delicious Arabic and international cuisines.

The resort is strictly adults-only, which makes it perfect for honeymooners. Moreover, one can unwind with a relaxing spa massage by professional therapists at the ‘Timeless spa’. The resort also provides dune driving and walking trails through the reserve.

Bab Al Shams (Dubai)

The spirit of adventure and fun comes alive at the luxurious Bab Al Shams resort. It is situated in the midst of the desert and offers true Arabian hospitality. There is a beautiful oasis here with walkways and courtyards. The resort’s Arabic architectural influence adds to the grandeur of the place. The Al Hadheerah restaurant here offers a fine dining experience and hosts live musical shows and belly dancing shows etc. The resort also ensures that kids are engaged at all times with activities.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara (Abu Dhabi)

This resort is located in Sir Bani Yas Island, a natural reserve about 250 kilometres from the city of Abu Dhabi. This luxury destination is famed for a wide range of outdoor activities like wildlife tours, biking through challenging terrain, archery, cruising and more. The resort is beautifully decorated with a traditional touch and the suites and villas are laden with modern amenities. Furthermore, one can have a relaxing spa session under the care of top Anatara therapists or unwind with a swim in its infinity edge pool.

Qasr Al Sarab (Abu Dhabi)

This resort is located on the edge of the Liwa Desert, which boasts beautiful sand dunes reaching heights of more than 20 metres. You can choose a suite, villa or tented accommodation for your stay. Each comes with unique features and rich opulent interiors. The food here is unforgettable and the four dining venues serve an array of cuisines. The resort also offers a unique experience of touring the traditional camel farms. The Qasr Al Sarab also has a kid’s club full of activities, a library, fitness centre and a fine swimming pool.

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