The weather’s great, we’re tired of spending time indoors, so there’re only one thing left to do: go out, take a walk, and bask in nature. Abu Dhabi has got its fair share of gorgeous waterfronts, nature preserves, and parks -and what do all of these destinations have in common? Promenades and paths for you…Read More
Family camping has certainly come a long way since the days of flimsy tents and canned foods – at least in the UAE. So if you and the family are looking to take advantage of the cooler weather and hit the road for an outdoor getaway, here are our picks of some of the best places to go camping in the UAE in style!
1. Family Glamping at Hatta Sedr Trailers
Enjoy the outdoors in total comfort as you sleep on the banks of the Hatta dam inside the gorgeous Hatta Sedr Trailers. The repurposed trailers offer you and your kids a unique boutique-style home for the night, each with its own terrace and fantastic views of the dam and stunning surrounding mountains.
Adding to the charm of it all, is the common area you can access that’s equipped with a fire pit and barbecue facilities as well as the breathtaking viewing deck. Plus for the thrill-seeking family, head to the nearby Hatta Wadi Hub activity centre where you and your kids can enjoy exciting outdoor activities including mountain biking, downhill carting, human sling shot, axe throwing, archery, freefall jumps, adventure rope courses, wall climbing, trampolines, zip lines and much much more!
2. Camping In The Rain Forest
Spend a dream-like evening at The Green Planet, with a thrilling night camping inside a rainforest! During this-once-in-a-lifetime experience, you and your little adventurers can fall asleep under the bio-dome’s stars to the soft coos and songs of the rainforest’s exotic birds.
Enjoy the twinkle lights, spacious tents with extremely comfortable bedding, and hammocks for relaxing in the nighttime rainforest air.
Then it’s up bright and early the next morning, where you and your kids will be able to help feed the animals their breakfast before enjoying your complimentary breakfast from The Green Planet Café.
Along with a guided scavenger hunt, your little nature lovers can also learn about the rainforest’s most mysterious little friends in a nocturnal animal tour and relax in the evening after dinner at The Green Planet’s Café with a nature-themed movie and marshmallow roasting fun.
But hold up, there’s more – the overnight stay comes with an exclusive animal encounter experience. Get the chance to meet the rainforest’s furry fan favourites. Whether it is playing with the cheeky primates, witnessing the red bellied piranhas up close, or meeting the region’s only Tamandua Anteater – you and your whole family sure to be amazed!
3. The Dunes Camping & Safari
Take your family away on a one-of-a-kind camping adventure where you can soak up the majesty of the UAE desert, and experience all that Ras Al Khaimah has to offer from awesome mountain scenery, to local beaches, and historical sites.
Located in the Ras Al Khaimah region, The Dunes Camping & Safari invites you and the family to overnight in Dome Tents and Elevated Tree Houses and experience a range of desert activities that will blow your socks off.
Go Camel Trekking where you get to enjoy coffee and traditional treats before setting off on a camel ride across the dunes. Or join a Morning Desert Safari where you and the kiddos will get to see camels, go sand boarding, and go on a trip to the camel and date farms.
If you want a bit of action, the Guided Quad-Bike Tour is great for your older kids and teenagers who will love this compilation of quad-biking, sand-boarding, and camel trekking.
4. Caravana Resort
Head out a mere 45min from Dubai and you’ll find a laid back coastal campsite with its own private beach, comfy vans, outdoor cinema, and even hot tub. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this Ajman gem is where you and the family can enjoy some water-front relaxation without compromising comfort for adventure.
5. Bab Al Nojoum
The capital has levelled up family camping over at Bab Al Nojoum where you and your kiddos can overnight in extravagant Chalet Tents to vintage vans. Nestled by the beach on Hudayriyat Island, Bab Al Nojoum is an enchanting camping experience mixing sea, stars and desert together in a dreamlike environment, bringing luxury to your camping adventure.
Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay, beachside camping, desert camping, a deluxe villa with a private pool, or van camping, Bab Al Nojoum is the perfect family getaway.
Bonus? The camping sites have access to a myriad of family friendly activities including a water sports center, gorgeous stretches of beach, barbecue stations, kids play area, and even a beach cinema.
6. Mysk Kingfisher Retreat
Bask in the tranquillity as you and your kiddos kayak through mangroves, watch sea turtles or catch a glimpse of the many rare bird species and wildlife in the unique ecosystem at Kingfisher Lodge. The lodge comes complete with luxurious tents with private pools and uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Oman – a perfect place for your family to unwind.
What’s more are a host of exciting activities for you and the kids to enjoy: have a go at archery at the on-site range, visit the turtles, enjoy water sports including diving and stand up paddling, go on nature walks along the Watchtowers trek, go cycling through Wadi Hero and so much more.
So whether you’re looking for something high-impact or to wind down and relax, a family retreat at Kingfisher lodge is a great option to explore.
7. Bedouin Oasis Camp
Set in the dunes of Ras Al Khaimah, Bedouin Oasis Camp gives you and your little ones the opportunity to spend a night away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in the tranquility of the desert.
The camp offers Bedouin-style fixed tents or modern tents (some with AC) where you can enjoy the stunning views of uninterrupted dunes, and magnificent sunrises, sunsets and nights filled with stars.
For that family desert thrill, you and the kids can go dune bashing, ride camels, dine under the stars or take one of the many day trips on offer.
8. Jebel Hafit Desert Park
Home to a variety of unique archaeological discoveries (some dating back 8,000 years) this UNESCO World Heritage Site is where you and the family can enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as guided hiking tours, guided tours in powered carts, bike riding plus several camping options from luxury glamping to tent camping.
Choose to set up your own tent on the public camp site, or book an overnight stay in a Dome or Bubble Tent with uninterrupted views of the surrounding scenery – or, even go traditional with a night inside a Bedouin-style tent.
9. Glamping at The Longbeach Campground
Camp in the great outdoors with your little ones at this family-favourite campsite, located directly on the stunning RAK waters, featuring fully furnished deluxe tents, safari suites and panoramic dome suites.
You and your kids can watch kid-friendly movies at the overwater cinema, dip into the infinity pool, get your hands busy with some pottery fun, make new furry friends at the petting zoo, have a blast on the 140 feet long Slip n’ Slide, hang around the bonfire with marshmallows and much more.
10. Al Badayer Oasis
Get swept up in the magic of the Emirati desert life in style at the Al Badayer Oasis. Inspired by the caravanserai of the ancient Silk Road, the tents and facilities at Al Badayer are designed to bring you and your kiddos history, culture, and leisure all wrapped up in a bow.
But it’s not all lush and plush at Al Badayer – you and your little adventurers can enjoy a huge range of activities from sand boarding to dune bashing, nature hikes, yoga classes, and so much more.