Numerous local tour operators in Abu Dhabi offer trips from the
city to the famed Liwa Oasis, about three hours drive away along a
modern highway. This green, agricultural strip at the edge of the
Rub Al Khali ('Empty Quarter') is surrounded by desolate desert
with farms abutting towering sand dunes. Visitors enjoy overnight
camel trips to camp in the desert. The oasis, made up of a string
of small towns and villages, is resplendent with pools of fresh
water and date plantations, and is the ancestral home of the Bani
Yas tribe from whence sprang Abu Dhabi's ruling family.
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