Two free things to do in Abu Dhabi today: Conquer the Moreeb Dune and cycle in Al Wathba

How to enjoy the best of the capital today without spending a fil

Two free things to do in Abu Dhabi today: Conquer the Moreeb Dune and cycle in Al Wathba

Conquer Moreeb Dune at Liwa

Every Abu Dhabi resident should take a trip into the Empty Quarter at least once, if only for the bragging rights gained by battling your way to the top of this giant dune. At 300 metres high, the view from the top is spectacular.

A road winds its way out to it through dramatic desert, which means you don’t even need a 4x4 to experience this majestic, sprawling stretch of sand.

After passing through Liwa, turn left off the E90 near Liwa Police Station and continue to the end of the road.

Cycle through sand dunes at Al Wathba Cycle Track

Bring your own bike for a spin around Al Wathba Cycle Track, where you can tackle anything from a leisurely eight kilometres to a calf-aching 30-kilometre loop through rolling dunescapes.

There are no amenities along the way, so start early and make sure you come prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen. For the full loop, some seat padding won’t go amiss either.

Al Wathba Cycle Track open 24 hours; Al Wathba Westland Reserve open Thu & Sat 8am-4pm, last entry 2pm.

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