UAE comprises some of the busiest cities in the world. Especially, if you work in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the hustle of urban life is bound to follow 24×7. Skyscrapers, humongous malls, ultra-luxury hotels and resorts, larger than life theme parks and crowded places are what you usually experience in the cities in UAE. While all this is very important from the economic point of you, it often dumps a lot of physical and mental stress on the working class.
This is the primary reason why overnight camping has become so popular among the expats working in the UAE. Away from the city rush and complexities, camping often rewards you quality time to spend with friends and/or family. Such generous spots are available throughout the UAE where you can find peace and seclusion. All you need is a car, a few camping materials, a barbeque grill, food and a bunch of friends to hangout with.
We present you our pick of top 6 places in the UAE, where you can enjoy overnight camping:
1. Jebel Al Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
Jebel Al Jais is the tallest mountain in the UAE. And like any other mountain in the world, this also house great excitement and serene beauty. Jebel Al Jais, situated in Ras Al Khaimah, is also known as the Jabal Biln Ays. A road trip from anywhere to Jais is a satisfying experience in itself. Come here in the evening and you will find several other folks already present in search of peace and seclusion. Although there shall be quite a few groups around you, seclusion for your pack is guaranteed as Jebel Al Jais provides generous spaces to each of them. Sanitary facilities are also available throughout the night. So just sit back, relax and indulge yourself in the BBQ cuisine, beneath the shining stars.
2. Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai
In addition to being one of the most popular tourist spots in Dubai, the Desert Conservation Reserve also offers one of the best camping experiences in the UAE. Amid the widespread mysterious desert, you are welcomed to a traditional Arabian camp, serving authentic cuisine of the Arabian Peninsula. Also, you can enjoy live belly dancing shows organised by desert safari groups. All in all, you shall experience luxury in the most traditional style. It is a perfect place for married couples and family. Oh yes, if you are lucky enough, you might also catch sight of a few folks of the wildlife roaming around in their natural habitat.
3. Beach Camping, Fujairah
Fujairah is one of the less populated and relatively laid back emirate state. Known for its serene mountain views and long clean beaches, Fujairah is among the best camping places in the whole Middle East. With a vast seashore, the beach camping in Fujairah is very exciting, since, unlike other emirates, Fujairah gives a combination of sand and sea for camping, making it a perfect family getaway. And when you wake up early in the, morning you can go for a swim. Since waters on the shore alongside Fujairah is less salty than other emirates, you can enjoy every bit on beach surrounded by majestic mountains. Keep in mind that will have to be well equipped for overnight camping in Fujairah as it is difficult to find camping material nearby. And don’t you forget to add that swim suit!
4. Bedouin Oasis Camp, Ras AL Khaimah
Apart from its mysterious deserts and red camels, the Arabian Peninsula was always famous for its Bedouin tribes. They are an integral part of the rich Arabian history and culture. You will experience just that at the Bedouin Oasis Camp. Located between the amazing desert dunes, the camp welcomes everyone gracefully. The simplistic traditional ambience creates nostalgia about the ancient Arabian culture. There are a variety of activities to indulge in like camel riding, sand boarding, etc. The most lavish Arabian cuisines and beverages are served that shall compel you to lick your fingers. Separate tents of different styles and sizes are available to choose from. Also, there are certain authentic means of entertainment too!
5. UAQ Marine Club, Umm Al Quwain
Are you a person who loves camping but your kids do not? Well then, this is the place to be. The club has a huge playground and pools where your children can enjoy throughout the day, so that you may have your share of enjoyment at night. The UAQ Marine Club is often regarded as the best kept secret of the UAE by travellers. Though underrated, the club is one of the best camping spots for families in the UAE. While outside food and beverages are not permitted during the day, you can have your BBQ at your disposal and fulfil your forever cravings at night. Apart from camping, the UAQ Marine Club is high recommendable to those who love adventure sports.
6. Desert Camping, Ajman
Ajman is one of the developing states of the UAE. This means that it has limited recreational options and usually people travel to places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. And those who are running short on time, camp in deserts on the outskirts of the city. One you enter these self-camping spots, smell of delicious food being cooked on barbeques and a number of big SUVs greet you willingly. The Ajman desert has become a place for a short recluse, away from the city life enjoying time with friends. Though the area is male dominated, you will surely find quite a few families with kids having quality time with their loved ones. And as soon as the sun rises, all of this vanishes. That’s the speciality of this desert, it changes ever so swiftly.
These are our best picks, what are yours?