Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

During the nine-day Moreeb Dune Festival, participants from around the Persian Gulf face exciting challenges, including drag races, bike races, a motocross track challenge, camel races, horse races and a classic car competition.

The highlight of the festival is the adventurous race to the top of one of the world’s highest sand hills, the Moreeb Dune, which means “terrifying mountain.” At over 300 meters high and with a 50-degree slope, the dune is the setting for different car and bike races.

This festival offers a weeklong celebration of United Arab Emirates heritage, with competitions and activities, including bike riding and camping in the desert of Moreeb Dune.

Visitors and participants attending the festival and races enjoy unique facilities and services, which makes camping at the Moreeb Dune an extraordinary experience.

This year, the festival includes a variety of events and different sports activities, including: freestyle drifting, a motocross competition, falcon races, camel races, horse races, a sand drag competition, a Moreeb car competition as well as a classic- and custom-car competition.

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Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Camels race during the Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

A dune buggy practices before a race at the annual Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa desert. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Handlers prepare camels to race during the festival. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Jockeys compete in a race for purebred Arab horses during the Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

The Liwa desert is the magnificent setting for the annual Moreeb Dune Festival. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Camels race during the Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa desert. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Camels line up prior to the start of a race at the annual Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Camels race during the 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

A handler leads a purebred Arab horse through the desert ahead of a race. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Handlers prepare camels to race at the Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Jockeys on purebred Arab horses race during the 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Camels race during the annual Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa desert. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

The beautiful Liwa desert, about 250 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, is the setting for the annual Moreeb Dune Festival. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Handlers prepare camels to race during the Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival

Camels race during the Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

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