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Written by Sairam on November 16, 2022 Share on

Top 10 Best Places To Enjoy Desert Camping In Dubai In 2023

When we think of Dubai, the first visuals that come to mind are the skyscrapers touching the skies, the fastest cars, the largest malls, the long coastline, everything high fashion and fast-paced, and yet we get reminded of the one constant in Dubai’s history, the calm desert going into the never-ending horizon. 

The desert has been a prominent part of the Arabian tradition. The Desert in Dubai has also paved the way for numerous activities and camping options in the desert, helping people to experience the desert in all its glory one activity at a time. Desert camping is one of the most famous desert activities in Dubai. 

Desert camp site
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Best Time To Do Desert Camping In Dubai

Dubai is one of the hottest regions in the world and one of the most humid destinations. The summer’s in Dubai can get hot and that period is also considered as an off-season for travel in Dubai. The best time to visit Dubai is the winter months of November and December. This is also the best time to indulge in Desert camping activities. You can also choose to visit in the first half of march as well. Post that the weather becomes unsuitable for leisure and outdoor activities. 

What To Carry When You Go Desert Camping In Dubai

Desert camping is an activity that would need you to prepare for it beforehand and not go on the flow with it. You will need to carry the essentials such as food, torches, water, battery chargers, blankets, medicines, first-aid, tent, warm clothing, an extra pair of clothes, trekking gear, and trekking boots. 

It is also important to assess your physical and health-related conditions and take medication for the same. If you have any health ailment it is best to consult with a doctor before going for the camping activities.


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10 Best Places For Desert Camping In Dubai

Now let us jump right into the list of the ten best places to go in Dubai for Desert camping activities. 

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  1. Al Dhafra Beach
  2. Al Qudra Lakes
  3. Umm Al Quwain Beach
  4. Fujairah
  5. Hajar Mountains
  6. Jebel Al Jais
  7. Fossil Rock, Sharjah
  8. White Sands Beach
  9. Khasab and Al Sayah Plateau, Musandam
  10. Bedouin Camp

1. Al Dhafra Beach

The Al Dhafra beach is one of the famous desert beaches located outside of Abu Dhabi. It is one of the most beautiful and serene beaches, especially for Desert camping. You can also get to experience the sea life near the beach and also spot a few turtles. 

The beach also allows you to indulge in water sports such as diving, kayaking, and snorkeling, etc whilst you are camping there. Fishing is also a very popular activity here. This is one of the best desert camping options for families.

Also Read: Dubai’s National Parks – a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Dubai

2. Al Qudra Lakes

Al Qudra is known to be one of the most popular desert camping sights in Dubai for locals and travelers alike. This spot is located only 30-40 minutes drive away from the Dubai city center and the Mall of Emirates. This oasis desert region has two sides, one is the vast desert side and the other is the calm pool of water. 

This is an ideal spot for families and couples to enjoy desert camping. If you are a nature and an animal lover, you will also be able to sight some wild camels, flamingos, etc. 

Al Qudra Lakes
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3. Umm Al Quwain Beach

Umm Al Quwain Beach is one of the places where you can camp pretty much anywhere on the beach and near the shore as well. The campsite also allows you to take your fishing gear, catch some fish and cook them for dinner. You should also take your binoculars to spot some exotic desert birds and animals. 

Make sure not to camp near the river as they might flood the camps. 

4. Fujairah

The Fujairah region is located on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the most secluded spots with magnificent vistas of the mountains and the beaches. You can choose to privately camp at one of the campsites in Fujairah. You can also indulge in some snorkeling and explore the marine life underneath. This would be a surreal desert camping experience. 

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5. Hajar Mountains

The Hajar mountains are spread out between Oman and the United Arab Emirates. This desert mountain range is one of the most sought-after destinations for desert camping, mountain trekking, and hiking. It is often preferred by experienced mountain climbers to explore this place. This is also a great place to experience the wildlife of the UAE. 

Also Read: Top 5 Places Where You Could Enjoy Dubai’s Wild

6. Jebel Al Jais

The Jebel Al Jais mountains are touted as the tallest mountains in the United Arab Emirates. This mountain range is located in Ras AL Khaimah region of UAE and is also famously called ‘The Grand Canyon of Oman’. The trekking and hiking trails here are much more feasible for beginners and intermediate-level climbers. 

This is one of the best places in the UAE to go desert camping and also experience the starry night sky. 

Desert camping in the mountains
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7. Fossil Rock, Sharjah

The Fossil Rocks in Sharjah are one of the best desert camping sites in Dubai. The whole place is surrounded by dunes and is perfect for large groups and youngsters. The location is not far away from the civilization and yet is secluded and gives one of the best experiences. 

This place is also very apt for desert adventure activities such as Dune bashing and quad biking. 

8. White Sands Beach

The White sands beach is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in UAE along the coastal lines of Oman. This beach allows you to pitch a tent and enjoy the vistas of the ocean from the top of a cliff. 

The beach is also very famous for its water sports activities such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, etc. This is a great place to explore the marine life of the UAE. 

Also Read: 10 Best Dubai Beaches for Ultimate Fun in the Sun

9. Khasab and Al Sayah Plateau, Musandam

If you are planning to camp at the Khasab and Al Sayah Plateau in Musandam you will have to apply for a ten-day tourist visa as this place passes through the Al rams border. This is one of the best places to go mountain climbing, biking, and trekking. You can also indulge in fishing and other water activities. 

Make sure you are updated about the visa and border regulations. 

10. Bedouin Camp

The Bedouin Camp is a desert-dwelling group that travels through the desert. It is one of the most luxurious desert camping groups with all the basic amenities available. The camp offers all sorts of activities such as belly dance shows, barbeque dinners, and adventure activities. 

Bedouin Camp
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Desert camping is one of the most exciting ways to explore Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Desert camping also enables you to explore the marine life, nature, wilderness, and adventurous activities that Dubai has to offer. Log into to customize your Dubai holiday package according to your preferences.

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