In this article, read about some Bedouin ways of staying in UAE and learn about the Best Places for Camping – Glamping in UAE (United Arab Emirates).
When winter arrives in UAE (United Arab Emirates), camping in deserts, beaches, and all outdoor activities becomes the most popular activity. 4×4 comes out and is ready for action in the desert; people camp under the stars and open sky with the slight chill of winter winds. All families stock up their cars or caravans with camp gear, hiking & trailing gears, BBQ arrangements, sleeping bags, tents, etc., and find their camping spots in UAE to admire the natural beauty and experience the Bedouin way of living.
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Best Places for Camping – Glamping in UAE (United Arab Emirates)
Check some Best Places for Camping – Glamping in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, RAK, Umm Al Quwain in UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Jebel Hafit Desert Park, AL AIN
Situated at the foothills of the stunning Jebel Hafeet mountain range of Al Ain, it has camping plots, traditional tents, and luxe-glamping pods, for every budget. Jebel Hafit Desert Park is got recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011 and is UAE’s first world heritage site. Experience the biodiversity of this landscape which has a history of millions of years
It offers 3 types of camping and glamping options –
- Bring your camping gear and equipment.
- Bedouin-style of camping with breakfast all arranged by them with the focus of Arab nomadic lifestyle.
- Air-conditioned luxury Bubble camps. For more info – click their official website.
Kalba Kingfisher Retreat, SHARJAH
Soak yourself in peaceful deserts on the border of Sharjah and Fujairah, away from the city’s noise. Explore the fossils site of Mleiha and its pure virgin desert nominated as a world heritage UNESCO site. Follow the footprints like desert dwellers and experience authentic culture like an authentic Arab nomad with the desert dwellers known as the Bedouin. Experience Emirati culture on golden dunes. Kalba Kingfisher retreat is one of the best glamping site in UAE.
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Maleha Luxury Tents
Situated in Maleha, Sharjah, this site offers an air-conditioned camp and is a desert village with tents that can sleep up to four people. All tents have their private bathroom, complete with a bathtub, shower, and towels. There is also a living area which has a sofa and television, while outside, there’s a shared barbecue area, a herb garden, and a swimming pool.
Optional extras such as an inflatable movie screen, a day pass for the nearby Water Zone, and children’s bike rentals can be added. This camping desert village is 10 minutes from the Mleiha Archaeological Centre and Mleiha Park, so access to the fossils site is also in the vicinity.
Hatta Sedr Trailers, HATTA
Stay on the rugged landscape with rocky mountain ranges all around you and therefore visit Hatta to experience all the rugged terrain stay. The accommodation is rustic with a retro ambiance, and Hatta Sedr trailers are offered by Airstream-style campers. Interiors are adorned with funky electric lights, flat-screen televisions, and super comfy beds, with a private bathroom. Also, you can enjoy Hatta Wadi and the dam nearby. Go for mountain biking or mountain trail nearby or kayaking in the waters of Hatta.
Damani Lodges, HATTA
Located in a mountain town, these cozy, well-designed modern huts offer you a peaceful stay in nature away from the noise of city life. For reaching chalets, you need a dune buggy. All chalets have a private terrace to feel nature all around.
Hatta Campsite – Caravan Park, HATTA
Bring your caravan or tent and park yourself here with amazing nature all around, with all the camping facilities you need, then try the Hatta campsite. 24-hour security, barbecue areas, and firepits, electricity to hook caravans up to, and shared washrooms and showers that campers can use. Prices vary from Dh99 (for tents), to Dh299 (for caravans).
Bianky Beach Camp, AJMAN
This beachside glamping is located at Ajman’s Al Zorah with a choice of glamping and camping both. Stay at a traditional tent made from palm fronds or choose a bungalow, hut with an ocean view, or the luxury two-story majlis. As it is located right on the beachfront, it has many water sports for campers too. You can slurp on barbecue food with many Arabic-inspired dishes too.
Caravan Al Zorah, AJMAN
Choose an RV style caravan to stay at Caravana Alzorah on the beach. It offers air-conditioned, fully equipped caravans with seating and dining areas that can accommodate up to eight people. Each caravan is fully equipped with BBQ facilities and also food-on-order for room service. On the beach, there’s a Jacuzzi, volleyball courts, an outdoor dining area, sharing toilets and showers. You can indulge in many activities like horse riding, kayaking, and outdoor movie screenings.
Al Wadi Desert, by The Ritz Carlton, RAK
The Ritz-Carlton’s Al Wadi Desert Resort is the epitome of luxury and offers super-luxury glamping in the beautiful desert of the United Arab Emirates. This desert resort has Bedouin tents which are lavishly furnished as per authentic décor also offers campfire and dune picnics on special request. Experience desert wildlife, including oryx and gazelles, with falconry show.
Bedouin Oasis Camp, RAK
Book a stay at the Bedouin Oasis Camp in Ras Al Khaimah which is adjoining Bassata Village. This is a basic campsite which offers a choice of two-man tents or small thatched chalets with tented roofs and optional air-conditioning. Also, it has communal dining, an entertainment area, firepits, and shared bathrooms.
Long Beach Campground, RAK
Go for beach camping by Bin Majid Beach Hotel, which offers a luxurious glamping experience. Straight on the beach, you get the thrill of listening to the sound of waves, and peace while sleeping under the stars. Here you don’t have to exert yourself to set up a tent or cook your food. Select from a simple fabric bell tent with king-size beds and outdoor camping chairs, or try the safari suite tent, where you will be on an elevated wooden platform and have your private bathroom. Many beach-style activities can be enjoyed here. Long Beach Campground is one of the most favorite glamping sites in UAE.
The Retreat, FUJAIRAH
Stay at an ecological stay where everything is built using natural raw materials and locally sourced materials. Even the landscaping is done with a lot of local plantations and trees. Solar heaters heat the water, and wastewater is recycled for irrigation. The food served here is prepared from organic ingredients, with fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs grown on-site.
Starlight Camp, DUBAI
The Starlight Camp is located in the desert, about 45 minutes from Dubai. It offers guests the chance to sleep in a dome tent with amazing views of the sky above. This campsite has to be booked before you start for it and is a luxury desert glamping option near Dubai. This desert camp is dog friendly, and you can bring your pets too. So get cozy under the starlit sky and experience the beauty of nature in the desert.
Nara Desert Escape, DUBAI
The perfect location in the middle of the Arabian Desert in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Nara Desert Escape is perfect for the ultimate glamping getaway, with all nature all around. Enjoy the sumptuous desert meals with two styles of tents to choose from with a view of the vast desert landscape. Rates upon request, www.nara.ae
Sonara Camp, DUBAI
Sonara is a desert camp restaurant-style eating and lodging joint in the middle of the desert. Before qualifying for an overnight stay, you need to book the whole dining experience. You will be transferred from special vehicles at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve entrance to the camp, where a complete set sharing menu, activities, and entertainment await. For those opting for an overnight stay, a nomadic tent can accommodate up to four people, with a light breakfast on check out.
Al Maha, DUBAI
A nature-themed staycation with luxury glamping at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with Bedouin type of staying at this five-star resort. Go for the stunning Dubai Desert Conservation setting with a nature walk through the dunes or head out on a camel caravan. Try some hand on archery, horse-riding, and wildlife dune drives on extra.
Magic Camps, DUBAI
Book traditional Arabic camping style with a tradition of the Bedouins dating back to prehistoric times, with the comfort of high luxury accommodation. Magic Camp offers mobile tents set up exclusively for you, fully equipped with lavish and warm Arabian interiors, a private bathroom, and a shower.
Arabian Nights Village, ABU DHABI
Situated in the secluded and peaceful Razeen area of Al Khatim, this desert stay is surrounded by rolling dunes and traditional palm trees with a magnificent view of desert sunsets. There’s a host of accommodation options Choose either an Arabic sand house or a traditional Bedouin tent.
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Al Khateem Art Hub, ABU DHABI
Wooden chalets in mid of Baţīn village with secluded desert and peaceful nature all around. A terrace with pool views is offered in each unit. Guests can relax in the garden at the property.
Farm Lebanon, ABU DHABI | Best Places for Camping – Glamping in UAE (United Arab Emirates)
Farmhouse type of glamping right in the mid of the desert with all luxuries in mid of desert. It offers an actual farmhouse type of living with Arabic inspired theme. The location is perfect as you can find sand dunes all around.
10 THINGS TO TAKE CARE WHEN PLANNING – Best Places for Camping – Glamping in UAE (United Arab Emirates)
- Make sure you carry lots of water and fluids. Don’t carry alcoholic drinks.
- Take the right amount of meals and raw materials if you want to cook with you. Fruits and veggies are a great option.
- Carry extra phone chargers, battery banks, memory sticks, torch, and spare keys of your car/SUV.
- Download offline Google maps on your phone if get lost in nature trails. Also, Make sure you have GPS on your phone or in your car.
- Research the area well and take the right car. A 4×4 is usually a safe bet.
- Carry a first aid kit with you and also a mosquito repellant. In winter, the desert becomes cold at night, so better to carry some extra pair of woolens and blankets for cozying up under the stars.
- First-timers should travel in groups or booking reputed camping sites, to avoid any first-timer bloopers.
- Practice your tent-pitching skills at home, before you go, so you can set up camp quickly and enjoy the scenery.
- Do not litter the camping area as ecological and sustainable tourism should be the priority for any campers as they love nature and so better not to spoil nature’s beauty too.
- Fuel up and also check tyre pressure before you leave, so you don’t find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Also, carry car/SUV essential tools with you
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