Al Wathba Fossil Dunes


Al Wathba fossil dunes are formations of wind-swept sand, permeated with calcium carbonate and hence hardened to form distinct, varied and abstract natural desert sculptures.


The area, close to Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, offers visitors the chance to view nature the artist at work. While one should take great care at the dunes in order neither touch nor disturb their structures, it is equally a place to camp and explore the rest of the surrounding desert environment.

Nature site.
Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi.
Located beyond Mussafah and Mohammed Bin Zayed City, on the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Truck Road, E30 and then south of Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. The fossil dunes are approximately 70 km southeast of Abu Dhabi Island. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended to gain proximity.
Accessible all year round.
Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Taking water is also recommended.
Witnessing and exploring nature, camping.
October to April.
Fees are only applicable when booking through tourism companies.
Enquiries by telephone can be made to the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi on +971 2 444 0444. Email contact can be made through