While temperatures drop in Dubai, it marks the onset of the camping weather. The perfect time to round up with friends and family members, stock up your car with sleeping bags, food and camping gear and get prepared for camping in Dubai! Make sure you pack right and expect to bring a LOT of sand back with you. But it’s all worth it especially when you’re toasting marshmallows and sleeping under canvas with your near and dear ones. Here are the best camping spots to get away from the city life hustle and spend a night under the stars.
Jebel Ali Beach Camping in Dubai
Distinct with rustic and laid back vibe, the new spot at Jebel Ali Beach is well known for camping in Dubai. You can visit the spot for the day, stroll along the beach,bask in the sun on beach loungers, sit around bonfire and stay overnight intents or chalets. To add on, you can enjoy 12 water sports and oceanfront yoga classes held every Wednesday.
Wadi Sana, Fujairah
If you want to escape in nature, head to the mountains. Drive straight towards Wadi Sana. The Masafi-Dibba road offers a picturesque drive as you move from desert to wobbly mountains, before winding up to a plateau with breathtaking views below. You can either spend the day relaxing and enjoying the scenery or hiking in the rocky terrain. The wadi has great mountain-biking trails too.
Tips;Carry extra blankets, comfortable sleeping bag and a 4×4 to navigate through the rocky terrain.
Bedouin Oasis in Ras Al Khaimah
A traditional Bedouin experience in the heart of the desert! All you have to do is to book and show up – everything else is taken care of. The Bedouin Oasis offers all amenities from tent pegs and mattresses to cool extras like drumming sessions, horse-riding and educational stuff for kids; all that bring the magic of the desert to life.
The East coast entry point to the Mussandam Peninsula, Dibba is a quaint little town – and while camping on the beach itself is no longer allowed, there are plenty of open spaces nearby that are equally lovely – with crystal clear waters just a few minutes away and a stunning backdrop of mountains to enjoy. You can keep on trucking North to Mussandam proper and follow any track off the main road to find a remote, exclusive (but rocky) campsite.
Big Red on Dubai-Hatta Road
As the name relates, it is exactly a big red dune that is easily spotted on the Dubai-Hatta Road, about 45mins drive from Dubai. While the dune itself is buzzing with 4 x 4’s and quad bikers, the area around it offers beautiful secluded camping spots. While heading towards the village of Madam, you can find a few shops selling camping gear from carpets to tents just before the camel grid entrance.
Umm Al Quwain
Another beach location for camping in Dubai! If you are looking forward for fishing or spotting flamingos, head to the Al Rafaah area in Umm Al Quwain for some beachside camping. There’s nothing quite like falling asleep to the sound of waves. Pick your spot a little further away from the shoreline to avoid getting completely drenched while you are asleep. Kayaking is also a great way to explore the mangroves along the coast; so, if you have one, you’re definitely in for a treat.
Dreamland Aqua Park
OMG! You can enjoy a day on the slides before getting comfy in the park’s own wooden cabins, complete with a/c and inflatable mattresses plus a BBQ for each group and a cooler box full to the brim with everything you’ll need. You can also get access to a special pool until 1am if you want a midnight dip.
Arabian Ranches for Camping in Dubai
If you want to play it quite safe and not have to travel far at all, drive out past Arabian Ranches on the Al Qudra Road and make a break for it wherever you see a track or opening. Nestle your camp between the dunes for the best way to stay protected from the wind and feel cozy, private and far away from the world
Sir Bani Yas Island
For a thrilling adventure, explore camping in Arabian Wildlife Park nature reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island. With 30 rustic-chic villas set in the middle of the park, it offers a wonderful stay amidst wild life. The villas are designed with local materials, traditional furniture, and some have private plunge pools.