The UAE is known for lots of things- it glitzy malls, dazzling buildings, and an impeccable transport system. However, what if we were to tell you that the UAE is also an amazing place to camp and spend time outdoors.
The weather all year around may be hot – however cooler months from September – April are ideal periods to camp. If you camp at mountain areas or wadis, the temperatures further plummet and camping can be even more enjoyable.
Remember that camping allows you to be one with nature and to experience an open sky with billions of stars staring down at you. Please be mindful not to litter, these are pristine spots and it’s best to keep them that way. Also, remember not to camp alone, and let your loved ones know where you will be going to.
Here are a few camping spots that we recommend you to visit.
The Empty Quarter – the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass
First on this, or on anyone’s list should be the Empty Quarter. It’s also called Rubh Al Khali. This is known as the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass. Within this, is the Liwa Oasis, which is one of the best camping experiences.
If you have never camped before, tag some other people along the ride. It is one of the most stunning deserts in the UAE with a plethora of wildlife. You will see gigantic sand dunes and the brightest stars. There are areas within this desert where there will be nothing but the sound of the wind all around – hence the name Empty Quarter.
Insider Information – Within this dessert, is the Tel Moreeb, which literally translates to “ horror hill “. It is considered by most as the tallest sand dune in the region and sets the scene for the Liwa International Festival
Jebel Jais – the tallest of the tallest
As you are aware, this is the tallest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. This mountain is located near the UAE – Oman border. Camping here is like no other – whether it’s the amazing aerial views of gaping valleys and jaw-dropping rock formations – this is a place like no other. The roads leading to the top of the mountain are in excellent condition and driving upwards and downwards is a treat to the senses.
Being a mountain, temperatures tend to go down, down, down so be prepared with jackets and blankets. It even snowed one winter and it’s a popular place to watch amazing sunsets.
Al Qudra – Dubai’s very own Camping Hotspot
Let’s face it, we have all heard of Al Qudra at one point or another. It is arguably Dubai’s most popular and most visited camping spot. The first thing that comes to mind when we say “camping” and “Dubai” has to be Al Qudra.
You don’t really need an SUV to reach here and it’s a cool 45 minutes away from the city. Although it’s manmade, it still a stunning visual to see the beautiful lake and all kinds of birds flocking about.
Insider Information – If you are planning to start a fire or barbecue, make sure it’s done in a proper way or you will be fined.
Fossil Rock – Embrace your inner explorer
This is one of UAE’s most beautiful areas. This is a great pick for camping as well as fossil hunting. It is suited for families and is a pleasant area all around.
Visible from over 25 KM away, Fossil rock is worth not only for camping but a hike to the top. The overall area is good for beginner’s and is easy to reach. To note that the area around Fossil Rock is being turned into a reserve for animals such as gazelle, deer, and oryx.
Al Aqah Beach –
This camping spot, surrounded by 5-star hotels and lovely beaches, is a wonderful place to camp. It is located close to Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. It is a two-hour ride from Dubai and is less crowded than conventional camping spots. Camping in this area ensures that you see a beautiful starry night.
Ensure that you stock up with camping supplies and BBQ set as it may be difficult to obtain supplies nearby.
You can spend the day doing water sports nearby such as Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding etc…
A word of caution when camping, ensure that you are always prepared before going to camp. Stock up on essentials always. Be careful and don’t drive or camp into private property. Camping in certain areas needs a license. Remember to carry lots of water, food. Travel in groups and use SUV’s only.
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