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Liwa Desert

The Liwa Oasis is a large oasis area in the Western Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

History of Liwa Desert

The oasis is the place of birth of the ruling families of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 1793, the ruling family Al Nahyan moved their residence from Liwa to the Abu Dhabi. Traditionally, men from Liwa (Bani Yas tribe) were pearl divers on the coast during the summer months. Pearl diving offered an additional source of income.

The Liwa Oasis is a very large area that represents an impressive oasis that is located in the southern part of the Al Dhafra Region that comprises the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, within the United Arab Emirates. This large area is stretched east to west for some 100 km (62 mi), and as there are more than 50 villages, the main center which is the geographic and economic too is known as Muzayri`, sometimes written as Mezairaa.

As there are too farms and villages, it is becoming more of a tourist spot for those who would like to feel the unique Emirate experience of something quite lively in the middle of the Rub Al Khali Desert.

The endless landscape of desert dunes is interrupted by Liwa which is also the ancestral home of the most numerous and significant tribe in the UAE, the Bani Yas Tribe. The period before oil was discovered in the region, the members of the tribe were raising camels and other livestock, nonetheless, the most common was the farming of dates and other crops in order for the Bani Yas to survive.

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