The great outdoors made simple for not-so-outdoorsy families!
There are hundreds of natural beauty spots across the UAE where you can set up camp for the night under a stunning star-spangled sky, but what if you’ve got none of the gear and no idea? Before committing wholeheartedly to the happy-campers lifestyle, you can test the water with one of these kid-friendly and off-beat camping experiences, so that your little adventurers can get a taste of being at one with nature, and you can keep your sanity intact…
JEBEL HAFIT DESERT PARK, AL AIN This 9km desert park in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s so-called garden city, is situated within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you will be resting your head surrounded by fascinating ancient archaeological and historical remains that include remnants of the Neolithic period 8,000 years ago and excavated 5,000-year-old tombs.
LONG BEACH CAMPGROUND, RAK: Get the best of both worlds at this serviced campground/beach resort, where you not only get access to fully functioning bathroom facilities, but also a waterpark, petting zoo, spa and sauna, and many other recreational facilities like kite flying, beach yoga and kayaking.
SONARA CAMP, DUBAI: The Overnight Adventure at Sonara Camp, based amongst the unspoilt beauty of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, includes everything you could need for a blissfully stress-free night in the dunes.
GREEN PLANET, DUBAI: Spend the night in the jungle with indoor rainforest Green Planet’s overnight camping experience. Including exclusive access to the biodome’s wonders from 5pm to 8am the next morning, kids can enjoy a guided scavenger hunt, nocturnal animal tour, nature-themed movie night and marshmallow-roasting.
CAMPR, VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS UAE: Started up over lockdown, this brand-new service takes all of the hassle out of camping. Supplying you with everything you need for an amazing camping trip, including the top-secret location (only divulged once your booking is confirmed – just specify your preferred emirate and landscape style).