(aka Tatooine desert planet in Star Wars Episodes 7/8/9)
Liwa is a vast, almost barren desert region, that extends from the southern part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, all the way to the border with Saudi Arabia.
The oasis is the place of birth of the ruling families of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 1793, the ruling family Al Nahyan moved their residence from Liwa to Abu Dhabi. Traditionally, men from Liwa (Bani Yas tribe) were pearl divers on the coast during the summer months. Pearl diving offered an additional source of income.
The Moreeb dune (22°59′N 53°47′E) with a hight of 300 meters, is one of the largest dunes in the world. We had a lot of fun climbing this dune, meeting the dune bashers parked at the top.. and dunning and falling down the dune as fast as we could. During the Liwa festival, this massive dune attracts a large number of international and local visitors coming to see the off-road dune bashing and camel racing events.