Al Gharbia Culture & Heritage

Culture & Heritage

Al Gharbia is still maintaining its traditional values, culture and Bedouin origin. It is a unique region for visitors who want to experience the style of the traditional Arab life.

Al Gharbia is amongst the oldest areas in the Arabian Peninsula, in which fossils dating 8 million years ago were found. There are also some oases and arable lands in this barren spot. Bedouins with their movable houses fastened on huge wheeled trucks are spread throughout the region along the road to Liwa’s oasis on the borders with the Empty Quarter region, considered inspirational to many people. The roads that link the beach to Liwa’s oasis run through cities rich with wild plants such as Ghayathi, which is considered a great destination for purchasing authentic Bedouin gifts made from the unique textiles and manual crafts, in addition to Madinat Zayed which is considered a tourist destination.

The Empty Quarter region is one of the most attractive areas worldwide with its massive and significant desert and unique calmness. The area is characterized by its superior beauty, despite the fact that the area is not populated according to the famous description by “Wilferd Thesger” in 1940s. Until now, humans could only leave an impact on small parts of the region. The modern impacts in the region are new luxurious hotels that have enhanced the number of visitors who come to the area in order to enjoy the uniqueness of this region and get to know the cultural and environmental importance of Bedouins and the methods of maintaining this authenticity.

Al Gharbia maintains its cultural values and provides unlimited opportunities for visitors, as it reflects the real spirit of the Arabian Peninsula desert and hosts many events on its lands for celebrating its rich culture and heritage.