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UAE winter escapes: Stunning Dubai camping destinations for residents, tourists

Dubai offers adventure seekers a range of stunning locations to camp this season.



By Web Desk

Published: Sun 30 Jan 2022, 1:11 PM

Last updated: Sun 30 Jan 2022, 10:20 PM

Dubai’s ability to create unique outdoor experiences for both the local community and global visitors has seen it rise in popularity over the years as a one-of-a-kind destination. The city has always offers opportunities to come together with family and friends in natural settings, both in the heart of the city and amidst its scenic deserts and mountains.

Overnight camping is a popular outdoor activity in the Emirate, including spending the night in a tranquil setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The city has many unique spots for enjoying a night under the stars. These hidden gems are among a diverse set of attractions being highlighted by the #DubaiDestinations initiative recently launched by the Dubai Media Council to showcase the exceptional experiences offered by the emirate.

Hatta

Hatta is one of the many popular spots for setting up your tents and campfires this winter. The popular eco-friendly adventure destination is the perfect weekend hangout, allowing you to enjoy the natural splendour of Hatta’s landscapes as well as several activities and facilities during the day at the Hatta Wadi Hub.

UAE’s outdoor explorers can choose to bring their own tents or caravans to camp alone or go for a more luxurious and glamourous camping experience, known popularly as ‘glamping’, at the Damani Lodges or Sedr Trailers.

These unique accommodations are exquisite options for a mountain escape, with barbecues, starry skies and a range of activities. Other ‘glamping’ experiences in Hatta include the Hatta Dome Park, featuring 15 dome shaped, permanent tent structures designed with panoramic windows; and the Hatta Caravan Park which offers visitors an option to rent any of the static luxury caravans.

Lakeside Camping in Al Qudra

For people who prefer to not venture too far away from the city, Al Qudra Lakes offers another unique desert camping experience. An hour’s drive away from Dubai International Airport, the destination, which is one of the most developed camping spots in the emirate, is the best choice for those looking for the perfect sunset and a barbecue under a star-lit sky.

With the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve located right next to it, residents and tourists can also enjoy the experience of being surrounded by greenery and wildlife. Campers can also take some time to explore the heart-shaped Love Lakes and Flamingo Lake or cycle on the Al Qudra Cycle Track.

Expo 2020 Lake

One of the newest additions to the Al Qudra lakes, Expo 2020 Lake is a must visit destination for those looking for a camping adventure in the middle of the desert while being surrounded by the stunning view of the manmade wonder. The area also gives you the best sunset and sunrise views and features washrooms and facilities.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Another experience that will renew people's connection with nature is at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Home to Arabian oryxes, gazelles, reptiles and birds, the reserve is located on an old camel farm and offers camel rides, barbecue meals, and stunning views.

Visitors to this reserve will have to book with special tour companies who provide everything from tents and traditional meals at the picturesque, protected zone. The tour operator will also teach you how to safely navigate the desert terrain in your own SUV.

Dubai offers many other beautiful locations for camping in the desert and exploring red sand dunes. For a more secluded place, adventure seekers can head out to Al Awir Desert located around 40 minutes from the city or the Lahbab Desert, around 50 minutes away from the centre. The Lahbab Desert provides endless entertainment such as stargazing, sandboarding, dune bashing and quad biking.

Al Ruwayaah Desert

Another great camping spot is the Al Ruwayaah Desert located close to Dubai Outlet Mall not too far from the city lights. For a half city half desert vibe, the Dubai Half Desert is the perfect place for camping. A great site for novices and families, the area offers amazing photo opportunities with its half desert roads covered partially in sand.

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Camping tips

When planning your own camping trip, it is best to ensure that you have packed all your camping essentials and equipment. Campers must also follow all safety precautions for a safe experience. The Dubai Municipality’s Public Health and Safety Department provides a number of safety guidelines for camping outdoors in tents.

Apart from desert tour operators, there are also many companies in Dubai that set up cosy facilities for families and everything you need for an unforgettable camping experience.


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