Another long weekend is almost here and there isn’t a better way to spend it than packing your sleeping bags, camping gear, and some barbecue essentials and venturing into the great outdoors. The UAE is full of al fresco options from coastal camping to a night under the stars in the desert. Make the most of the wonderful landscape in the UAE with our pick of the top five picturesque camping spots.
Al Qudra Lakes, Dubai
A classic for those living in Dubai, Al Qudra offers fantastic views of its artificial lakes surrounded by vast sand dunes. Ornithophiles will love it here thanks to the many migratory bird species. For fitness fanatics the cycle track is not to be underestimated.
Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi
For a pure, unadulterated desert experience head to Liwa Oasis in Abu Dhabi. Only 250km from Abu Dhabi, and 350km from Dubai, Liwa Oasis offers a memorable camping experience in the dunes. With a decent working GPS system and warm tents, you’re good to go for a peaceful, uninterrupted night (or two) under the clear desert sky.
A coastal stretch at the northern tip of the Arabian peninsula on the Gulf of Oman, Dibba is the perfect marriage of sea and rocky terrain. Since Fujairah recently banned camping due to Covid-19 restrictions, it’s a good opportunity to explore the lesser known Dibba Al-Hisn in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Located just 134km east of Dubai, Hatta offers a variety of adventures from kayaking to a beautiful heritage village for those looking to enjoy a historical stroll. Hatta also has designated caravan parks and camping spots for those wanting to pitch their own tent and set up camp.
Jebel Hafit Desert Park, Abu Dhabi
The new Jebel Hafit Desert Park in Abu Dhabi, on the eastern side of the mountain, includes historic remains from the Neolithic period and 5,000-year-old tombs that were excavated at the request of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1959. It is now a great spot for thrill-seekers to go biking and hiking, with trails led by professional guides and a camping area, where you can pitch up your own tent.