Get up-close and personal with the desert wildlife thanks to these three Abu Dhabi experiences

WT Writer
Feb 2, 2020

Journey into Abu Dhabi’s desert dunes for a close-up look at the wildlife thanks to these luxury resorts

Watch falcons at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

Watch falcons take to the sky and show off their hunting prowess at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. This Instagrammable resort invites you to admire the majesty of the birds as they soar overhead in a thrilling faux hunt alongside speedy Saluki dogs. After an exhilarating show, you can set off across the shifting sands in a four-wheel-drive to a Bedouin-style camp where you can feast on traditional fare while admiring the breathtaking landscape.

See the sunset on horseback at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

Next time you’re in Abu Dhabi, saddle up and gallop across the rolling sand dunes on an Arabian stallion at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. Watch the sunset as the desert breeze washes over you, with nothing but the sound of the soft tread of hooves breaking the silence. Plus, as night falls, you can embark on a nocturnal animal hike under the stars to see creatures that only come out after dark, including desert scorpions that glow in the light of your infrared torch.

Admire the free-roaming wildlife on safari at Sir Bani Yas Island

For a safari-like experience, head to Sir Bani Yas Island to admire the free-roaming wildlife that thrives in the protected Arabian Wildlife Park. The dreamy Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara gives you a front-row seat to all the animal action. Set off on a Nature and Wildlife Drive in one of the few vehicles allowed on the island to marvel at the prized Arabian oryx and crane your neck as the giraffes wander by.

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