Yalla Getaways: Jumeirah Al Wathba

Dispelling the notion that deserts  are deserted places, Jumeirah Al Wathba stewards the desert-curious through a world filled with life and beauty year-round.


Al Wathba is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and sports lovers. Discover Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, an internationally recognised wetland area and the first in the Emirate, featuring an intricate display of natural and man-made water bodies. A colourful variety of birds, aquatic life, and plants make their home here, including some endangered species. Walk one of the designated trails or hike around the nearby fossil dunes to see the impressive sand fossils carved by the elements. Al Wathba Cycle Track weaves a scenic route through some of the nearby dunes and makes a particularly enchanting sight at sunrise or sunset.


Discover the true splendour of Arabia surrounded by the vastness of magnificent desert dunes at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. Set deep within the desert landscape, this luxurious resort is located a mere 50 km from Abu Dhabi, but it’s a world away in every way.


80 guest rooms, 10 suites, and 13 villas inspired by traditional tents, offer a chic setting to relax in this rustic desert environment. The spacious suites are perfect for families and present an unparalleled choice for larger parties or those in search of the ultimate luxury getaway.


If you tire of less than authentic desert safaris and want to have a true UAE experience, do not miss an evening at Al Mabeet Desert Camp. This high-end interpretation of nomadic evening is an homage to the Bedouin spirit of the UAE. Understated luxury at its best, Al Mabeet transports guests to the regal experience once extended to royal guests and heads of Bedouin tribes and offers guests an evening under a panorama of stars alongside pan-Arabic cuisine and live entertainment.


The resort offers a myriad of family-friendly activities to help guests stay active and to learn more about the rich history of the UAE. Experience horseback riding amidst the dazzling desert dune landscape. Try your hand at archery or improve your balance and coordination by slacklining over the sand dunes. Allow the hotel’s team to take you on a sensory tour of the region when you learn about the ancient art of bakhoor making. Take a tour around Al Wathba Fossil Dunes on fat bikes or discover the desert from the new perspective during a nocturnal animal hike. Alternatively, the resort offers short trips to watch one of the most popular local traditions at the nearby Camel Racetrack or to hike at the Wetland Reserve.


As autumn sets in, why not take a break to explore the desert and reconnect as a family or indulge yourself at Talise Spa? Whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple, or in a group of friends, autumn is a great time of year to find peace and quiet in the warm desert sunshine. Discover the spa’s 13 treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms, along with relaxation areas, a sauna, steam rooms, plunge pools, snow cave, and traditional Turkish hammam. For spa enthusiasts looking to check luxurious amenities off their bucket lists, this decadent spa also features salt rooms and a unique cryo experience, both exclusive to Jumeirah Al Wathba. Following the wellness theme, accomplish your wellness day with a unique experience at Al Mabeet Desert Camp, to enjoy the very best of Jumeirah hospitality paired with live entertainment and Pan Arabic cuisine under the stars.

For bookings or more information on special offers, call 02 204 4444 or email  JAWinfo@jumeirah.com


+971 2 491 9760

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