Al Gharbia is an oasis of stunning natural beauty at the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Within its vast edges extending between the desert and the sea, it hosts seven major cities: Liwa, Madinat Zayed Ghayathi, Ruwais, Mirfa Sila and Delma Island. Al Gharbia occupies a vast area of 60 thousand square kilometers and constitutes 60% of the total area of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is characterized by its natural resources and wealth, such as the palm trees, pearls, oil, gas and solar energy. Al Gharbia’s land mass represents 51% of the total area of the UAE, and it contributes to 45% of GDP.
Al Gharbia is home to the world’s highest sand dunes and natural shores extending along 350 km, making it the meeting point of the desert and the sea. Moreover, it hosts the rarest wildlife in the UAE. It offers a variety of activities, such as water sports and desert camps under the lights of glittering stars. al Gharbia is also characterized by maintaining the values of the Arabian traditional lifestyle and culture, while succeeding in integrating it into modern luxury and amenities. Al Gharbia offers opulent hotels and resorts overlooking the sea, thus turning it into a perfect tourist destination for visitors from inside and outside the UAE, especially due to its proximity to the borders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
In light of its plans to promote the social and economic development, the Western Region Development Council has adopted an idea to develop the area that has become known today as "Al Gharbia" in both Arabic and English. Thanks to the efforts of the Ruler's Representative for the Western Region, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Al Gharbia, in addition to its prominent position as an integral part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has become a place enjoying unique identity, values, culture, heritage and Bedouin origins blending with modernity, not to mention its numerous merits qualifying it to receive millions of tourists who flow to the Middle East each year.