Whatever your budget, there is an option for you …
If you go camping in the desert, chances are you’ll find yourself packing the car with tents, blankets, a barbecue, firewood, three times as much food as you need and come home with half a ton of sand. Fortunately, you can enjoy the fun of a camping trip without the hassle.
Here are 15 places to go glamping in the United Arab Emirates
“Glamper” by bnbme
Want to glamp with a little mystery? Choose Glamper by bnbme holiday homes. How it works? Well, it’s simple. Customers should choose the location and accommodation of their choice and pack their bags and Glamper by bnbme will take care of the rest. Your options include the mountain, the beach, the desert, the wadi or the mangroves. Your glamping site will include a portable bathroom, kitchen, and more to make their experience comfortable. For an additional fee, storm the dunes in a buggy, bake a pizza, enjoy a movie with popcorn, stargazing and more. Book here.
Glamper by bnbme. Prices start from Dhs800 per night. Phone. : (800) 26263. glamperbybnbme.com
Hatta Dome Park
Hatta Dome Park was launched in 2021 and is an exciting glamping experience to try. It is located next to Hatta Wadi Hub, one of the most popular eco-adventure destinations in the UAE. The glamping experience includes 15 permanent dome-shaped luxury tents designed with panoramic windows offering majestic views of the Hatta mountain range. The tents are equipped with a full range of amenities including a mini-fridge, TV, private barbecue and fireplace in a large patio and more. Activities to keep you busy include trampoline jumping, zip lining, rock climbing, paragliding, and more. Go with friends or family and if you have a baby with you you can request a cot in advance. Book here.
Hatta Dome Park, Hatta Wadi Hub, located on the Dubai-Hatta road, Dubai. Tel: (0) 4 852 2200. visithatta.com @ visit.hatta
Sonara won the award for best independent restaurant at What’s New Award 2021 and their luxury desert getaway is just as amazing. This is one of the most luxurious desert experiences in the UAE and includes dining under the stars, desert activities such as camel rides, archery, sandboarding and a falcon show, stargazing experiences and a moonlit cinema for children. There are two styles of tents available: Lotus and Nomad where you can retreat for a good night’s sleep. You will have breakfast the next day.
Camp Sonara, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai. Prices start from 2,400 Dhs. Phone. : (0) 50 336 0397. nara.ae/sonara
Spend the night in a bubble tent with a front row view of the Milky Way. This camping experience takes place in a luxurious and spacious 30 square meter bubble tent, ideal for two adults, complete with a queen-size bed, comfy duvet and other amenities. It also has a semi-transparent crystal roof, so you’ll feel like you’re sleeping directly under the stars. The camp also accommodates little ones (where you can get an adjoining children’s room) and pets. Book here.
Starlight Camping, Dubai Desert, from 2400 Dhs per night. Tel: (050) 345 5358, starlight-camp.com facebook.com/Starlightcampuae
Bab Al Nojoum – Hudayriyat Island
Wake up to the sound of the waves, in iconic glamping tents under the swaying trees at Bab Al Nojoum. There is a lot you can do including water sports activities, yoga, relaxing in the hammocks with a book, and more. Book here.
Bab Al Nojoum, recreation and entertainment district of Hudayriyat. Phone: (02) 691 0222, babalnojoum.com
Bab Al Nojoum – Al Mugheirah
Abu Dhabi has a new comfortable camping experience in remote Al Mugheirah neighborhood, Al Mirfa. It is headed by Bab Al Nojoum who directs operations on Hudayriyat Island (above). Here you can try. variety of activities such as tree planting, dusk kite flying, fishing, horseback riding, falconry, taking craft classes, snorkeling, exploring the mangrove swamp, trying trekking , biking, yoga, swimming, water sports, futsal, board games, and more. There are even expert guided tours. There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins as well as motorhomes.
Al Mugheirah, Al Mirfa, Abu Dhabi, rates start at Dhs683 per night. babalnojoum.com
Pura Eco Resort
For a true slice of nature, you must put Jubail Mangrove Park on your must-see list. It’s a huge walk through the natural mangroves with kayaking, wildlife viewing and more. You can even ‘glamp’ on the island in one of the series of eco-friendly oceanfront domes. There is a spa, waterfront restaurants, and a traveling green space for long walks, boat trips. kayaking or yoga sessions in the light of dawn. Your spacious domes feature original pieces and locally made artwork, a lush bed and more. Outside you will find cabins and a fire pit. If you want the real deal, go for the native tents instead.
Jubail Mangrove Park, Al Jubail Island (next to Saadiyat Island), Abu Dhabi, Mangrove Park, Abu Dhabi. Phone. : (0) 50 383 7878. staypura.com
Jebel Hafit Desert Park
Jabel Hafit attracts dozens of people over the weekend for its picturesque views of the Al Hajar mountains. If you want to camp here you have three options: basic camping for which you must bring your own equipment, a fully equipped camping experience which includes breakfast where you will stay in a Bedouin tent and bubble glamping tents. five star fully furnished with air conditioning.
Mysk Kingfisher Retreat
Located on the remote east coast of Sharjah, this eco-friendly retreat feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. You will arrive via a private boat on the private island which includes a modern tent and its own private swimming pool with stunning views of the Indian Ocean or the mountains. Be prepared to spot birds, gazelles, turtles, crabs, and more during your retreat. Choose from a one-bedroom tent, two-bedroom tent, or five-bedroom tent depending on your crew size. The barefoot resort also has a restaurant and spa. Book here.
Retreat of the kingfishers of Mysk, Khor Kalba, Sharjah. Tel: (0) 4 437 6460. myskhotels.com
Mysk Al Badayer Retreat
This retreat offers a choice of rooms and tents and is a great place to stay if you are looking for adventure, serenity and a dose of Emirati culture. The eco-friendly Desert Resort has rooms, but there are tents (available in one or two rooms) if you want a glamping experience. The resort also offers personalized desert experiences such as dunes, quad biking, horseback riding, and desert safaris. Book here.
Al Badayer Oasis, Sharjah. Phone: (06) 556 0777. myskhotels.com
Putting the glam in glamping, Bin Majid Beach Hotel offers a range of luxury camping facilities ranging from beach tents to large safari tents, panoramic dome tents overlooking the sea and even a luxury suite with terrace on the ground floor. sunset. The resort is well equipped and the campsite is located right next to a cool infinity pool that overlooks the beach with a poolside bar where you can enjoy snacks and drinks throughout the day. There are plenty of activities ranging from water sports to beach volleyball to archery and for the little ones there is a junior chef, karate lessons, face painting and more.
Longbeach Campground, King Faisal Street, Al Nadiyah, Ras Al Khaimah, prices start at Dhs650. Phone. : (600) 566 600. bmhotelsresorts.com
The site is run by husband and wife duo Neil and Amanda, who also own Homely Petz, one of the first pet sitting companies to open in the UAE in 2006. A number of options are available here, including places to set up the camp (200 Dhs). However, if you want something for yourself, choose the traditional Bedouin tents which are basically a carpeted room with a fridge, toilet, and more. As it is run by animal lovers, the hotel accepts pets. Book here.
RAK Glamping, Al Dahaisa Stables, Ras Al Khaimah. Phone. : (0) 50 871 7072. rakglamping.com
One of Dubai’s most popular glamping spots, Banan Beach has moved to Ras Al Khaimah. The new location will be located one hour from Dubai on Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. The new camping complex is located on a beautiful beach and has infinity pools, bars and restaurants, as well as a self-cooking barbecue area. Prices for the campsite start from 650 Dhs for the small tent that can accommodate two people.
Banan Beach, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, from 650 Dhs per night. Tel: (0) 7 235 3566. bananbeach.com @bananbeach
Other fun options …
Alzorah caravan in Ajman
We all love to have a good stay, but if you are looking for something different and unique, head to Caravana Alzorah where you and your friends can spend the night in a fully equipped caravan right on the beach. Located in Ajman, the caravans are equipped with air conditioning, bathrooms and depending on your reservation, bunk beds, sofa beds or double beds. The best ? Each caravan has its own private beach, your own front yard and barbecue area. You can also go fishing and cycling close to the campsite, so be prepared. Culture lovers, the Ajman Museum is also nearby.
Caravana Alzorah, Ajman, prices start from Dhs900 per night, Tel: (06) 749 0441 instagram.com/caravana.ae
Bear Grylls Explorers Camp
Launched in May 2021, this pet-friendly “camp” in Ras Al Khaimah will see you sleeping in containers. The Bear Grylls Explorer Camp accommodation experience includes an open fire pit area where you can socialize in the evening, roast marshmallows, private bathrooms with showers and more. Book here.
Bear Grylls Explorers Camp, Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah. Phone. : (0) 56 501 5831. @beargryllscamp
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