The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently reported the discovery of a Salt Lake, which has caused a frenzy on social media. This breathtaking expanse of emerald green waters, which is located in the desert region of Abu Dhabi and is known as the “Al Wathba Long Salt Lake,” has attracted large crowds of people to take pictures and have barbecues.

Do you want to plan your next road trip to this recently unearthed jewel hidden somewhere in the country? Continue reading as we take you through all the information you need to know about this enigmatic lake!

Location Of Long Salt Lake

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The majority of the pictures you are viewing are from an area that is now often referred to as “Long Salt Lake.” It can be found in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba District, which is situated to the city’s south. There will be some off-roading, therefore it is strongly recommended that you go in an SUV.

It is recommended that you proceed on that route if you are familiar with how to get to the Fossil Dunes. After you go through the dune area, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the pylons that are spread out across the sand track. The E65 is the most convenient route to take, however, there is a turnoff on the E30 not far from the breathtaking Al Wathba Wildlife Reserve that provides the easiest access (currently closed to protect nesting sites). On Google Maps, you will be able to find the precise position.

The Mystery Behind The Long Salt Lake

The man-made Al Wathba Salt Lake, nestled in Abu Dhabi, is one of the Instagrammable and unique places in the world. It receives its water from pipes that are buried beneath. The dry climate along the coast of this region has resulted in the formation of large salt plains known as sabkha, which are the source of the salt.

Well, there is still a bit of a question regarding exactly how the wondrously unusual salt mushrooms were grown in the channel that was most obviously built by human beings.

It typically takes several years for the natural formation of the enormous salt pads that serve as an attractive stepping stone feature within the lake. The only plausible explanation for their unexplained existence is that the artificially fed water somehow cuts its way through the previously existing salt and mineral deposits underlying the surface sand, which results in the formation of these stunning crystalline salt pads.

The area features not just one but two lakes in its immediate vicinity. One of the most recent and top attractions in Abu Dhabi is surely worth the buzz, or at the very least, it is something that we are not used to seeing in the Middle East! The lakes are surrounded by crystallized salt.

Things To Do At Al Wathba Long Salt Lake

There is so many things to do in Abu Dhabi , but this breathtaking Long Salt Lake is a sight to behold. Upon arrival, you will most likely find yourself wandering about the surrounding area or frolicking on the salt structures that resemble lily pads. In this situation, we seriously doubt that you would be able to suppress the enthusiasm.

Because this location is a desert, it is an excellent spot for having barbecues with your family, friends, or even alone yourself (if that’s your thing). You also have the option to tent for the night. If you find this camping out interesting, you can go for the adventure-filled desert safari in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well.

You should grab your camera and get ready to capture some awe-inspiring photographs for Instagram because the location is practically postcard-worthy. Don’t forget to take a bunch of pictures of yourself using your phone!

Frequently  Asked Questions Is it possible for me to drive my sedan to long lake salt? 

We recommend traveling there in a four-wheeled vehicle because there is some off-roading involved in the trip.

When I go to this lake, do I need to keep in mind that there are strictly enforced rules? 

You should refrain from littering the lake and the region that surrounds it, even though there are no official restrictions in place regarding this matter. Be sure to take all of your rubbish with you if you decide to camp out for the night.

Avoid pulling large chunks of salt out of the lake with your bare hands. It is essential to maintain the natural charm of the lake to accommodate guests in the future.


There are a lot of exciting activities to do in Abu Dhabi, particularly for people who enjoy being outdoors and discovering new places. The stunning Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is only one of the many breathtaking natural features that can be seen in the area, and the list continues on and on from there. In addition, Abu Dhabi is home to a recently opened tourist destination known as the Mangrove National Park and the first kosher restaurant in the region , which is unquestionably deserving of a trip there.

Shaheen Taj is a freelance travel writer by profession. She is particularly fond of traveling and loves to jot down her experiences and cultural diversities of different countries.

  • 10 thoughts on “Why is the Long Salt Lake in Abu Dhabi Breaking the Internet?
    1. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Oh the pictures and videos I got here are just stunning. This place is so weird and beautiful. I urge all photography enthusiasts like me to check this place out.

    2. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      After seeing almost everything in Abu Dhabi, the Al Wathba Salt Lake was a nice change. Nobody knows how or why the salt floats. Oh, and there are 2 lakes here.

    3. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Easily the best picnic spot in Abu Dhabi desert, the Long Salt Lake is now one of my favourites. My friends & camped under the stars and had a great time.

    4. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      The Al Wathba Salt Lake is beautiful. Salt pads float atop the blue water. Clicked so many pictures with my wife and kids that the phone memory got full.

    5. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      This weekend, my friends and I visited the Long Salt Lake in the Southern desert near Abu Dhabi. This place is a stunning wonder that is worth the long drive.

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