arabian nights

July 30th, 2009

sandboarding with style

Hop on a magic carpet and fly to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, opening this winter in the Liwa Desert, 90 minutes outside of the U.A.E.’s capital city of Abu Dhabi. A desert lover’s paradise, the Liwa is part of the world’s largest uninterrupted desert known as the Rub’-al-Khali (Empty Quarter). Spanning four Arab states, the Empty Quarter boasts some of the world’s oldest trade routes, towering dunes, and ancient cities buried in sand. Adventurers and thrill-seekers will love the Desert Excursion Center, where they can try sandboarding on dunes, off-roading in a 4×4, camel trekking, or falconry.

The 206-room resort features rooms, suites, and villas outfitted in sumptuous Arabian décor and modern furnishings. The three onsite restaurants will tantalize with regional classics and international favorites, served with a Middle Eastern twist. To escape the heat of the desert sun, chill out at the Anantara Spa’s marble hammam.

Need more reason to go to Abu Dhabi? Check out the international Date Festival held in July for some of the country’s regional fruit specialties, or climb, hike, and paddle your way through the Emirate this December at the annual Adventure Challenge.  And for those who don’t have a magic carpet, Etihad Airways is offering direct service to Abu Dhabi International from three North American gateways (New York, Toronto, and Chicago).

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