The city of Dubai is well-known for its architecture as well as for the desert life it has to offer. The best way to explore and make the most of your trip to the ‘city of sand’ is to spend a night or two camping and living in the tents. Night camping is the activity all adventure and thrill seekers would love to engage in. You will love the several lakes, palm trees, wild desert animals, and sunsets. Expeditions in desert are full of dune bashing, camel rides, falcon shows and talks about nature and environment. While camping, you can also enjoy delicious Arabic buffet and lie on the sand while you gaze stars and enjoy the bonfire. Facilities of shisha pipe smoking, barbeque dinner and bars are also available when you go camping. One can also enjoy the traditional performances such as belly dancing, Arabian musical nights and enjoy getting an Arabian makeover or getting henna on your designs. Desert camping gives an authentic wildlife, local experience as you live in tents instead of luxurious resorts. Sand boarding and dune bashing are a must for all who want the extra excitement in their trip and life!
Where to Camp when in Dubai ?
1. Camping in the White Sands- the white sand desert beach is situated near the coastline of Oman and is perfect for those who love beaches and deserts. You can pitch in your tents, light up fire and enjoy. Since it's in a remote area, you can get your desired privacy! 2. Liwa- this place is perfect for all the desert adventure lovers and for the Star Wars fans too. Situated in Rub Al Khali- the largest sand desert in the world, Liwa has been a shooting location for the famous Hollywood movie Star Wars! You can rent monster bikes and rovers and go bashing the sand dunes and put your driving skills to test. You can also witness the bright stars as you munch on barbeque snacks!
3. Arabian Dreams Desert Camp- this desert camp is located within the Dubai desert conservation reserve and comprises of eight tent houses with all proper bedding and sanitation facilities. Accommodating up to sixteen guests at a time, it is the most famous camp in Dubai since it has a proper guest itinerary and its package includes camel rides and dune drives too. you can also spot falcons and Oryx!
4. Umm Al Quwain- a camping site situated on the Al Rafaan, it is a bit different from other deserting spots. Being on the coastline of the desert, it has significant mangroves and fishing gulfs. You can also take your kayaks and pitch your tents on the desert.
5. Fossil Rock, Sharjah- the red sand dunes and desert birds are the highlights of Fossil Rock. The rocky paths and huge sand dunes cover the most of the part of this area. You can set-up camps or go on adventure trips like dune bashing or on buggy riders and trail runners! It is perfect for road trips too and looks amazing with several rock-sand mountains that it has.
6. Ras Al Khaimah- this oasis farm is full of banyan and palm trees lets and explore the magnificent dunes and spot desert animals like oryx too!
7. Bedouin Camping- situated in the Ras Al Khaimah desert, the Bedouin camps provide the most unique and wonderful desert experiences in the entire city. Located near the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, this campsite is an amalgamation of knowledge with extravagance. You can sit back, relax, see the shining stars and absorb in the beauty of the place. You get everything from coolers, cushions, bonfires, barbeques, bars and shishas(hookahs) in this camp. The guides at the Bedouin camp take you out on an educational tour in the desert and give an insight about the history and attractions. You can get clicked with falcons or enjoy the bumpy car rides or even get to drive on your own! Camping at this place is perfect since there's peace, silence and tranquillity all around. The desert guides and professionals know their job well and are ready to educate you and make your experience more exciting. The camp also gives you an access to scrumptious food and lavish Arabic buffets and food. The booking of this camping site can be done for AED 190 on http://www.arabianincentive.com.
The camping area can be reached easily through a private car or taxi. For reaching Bedouin, you need to take the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and continue on the path which goes towards the Banyan Tree Al Wadi until you spot the oasis and sand dunes.
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Best Time To Visit Desert Camping
Dubai has a hot weather and heat strokes and sunburns are quite often here. Camping, though can be a playful and fun activity in the nights when the sand cool downs, the days can be disturbing. Desert camping is a yearly activity however certain months are best suitable for the same. People wanting to engage in Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdesert campingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ should ideally visit the camp sites in the months of January to March and October to December as weather and atmosphere is comparatively pleasant and better in these months.