Glamping gets an Arabian spin at this luxe Ras Al Khaimah camp (see picture on left). Used as a location for desert safaris, the Bedouin Oasis Camp is a window into traditional camps and a well-maintained and attractive place for some posh camping. Sharing its location with the VIP Banyan Tree Al Wadi resort, it is a chance to stay in real goat-hair tents, looking up at the stars and listening to traditional music and soaking up the atmosphere of a shared campsite (private camp rental is possible with advanced booking). Entertainment such as sandboarding, horse or camel rides, falconry and shisha are available before you settle into a tent for the night. Dhs400 (igloo tent including breakfast for two), Dhs500 (standard tent including breakfast and dinner for two), Dhs650 (premium tent), Dhs800 (deluxe tent). Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, www.arabianincentive.com (055 228 4984).
This local tour company organises bespoke camps with extreme style. The luxury tour guide provides Bedouin-style tents, hurricane lanterns, cushions, plush carpets and romantic desert setting. The camp is made bespoke for each booking, and as well as organising an overnight stay tour, guides will also provide shisha, mezze, a barbecue dinner, and activities such as stargazing and sandboarding make for a glamping experience with a difference, too. Dhs4,000 (per car of four people). www.beyondthedunes.com (050 944 6444).
Posh camping in Umm Al Quwain means all of the benefits of a hotel resort combined with the adventure of camping. Waterside tents come with all the barbecue equipment, airbeds and pillows you could need, as well as sunloungers, garden furniture and three meals a day for you to eat (either barbecue at your tentside or breakfast in the nearby restaurant). Plus, there is unlimited access to the waterpark, making this similar to a well-maintained European family camp resort. Dhs550-650. Daily. Umm Al Quwain, www.dreamlanduae.com (06 768 1888).
This is an area of protected land in the Dubai desert and although private camping is not permitted, there are four tour companies licensed to bring visitors inside some of the UAE’s most impressive natural habitat. Arabian Adventures is one such group and offers the most glam camping experience in the emirate. Dhs995. Daily. Arabian Adventures, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
Book a sleep and scuba package at this Omani resort. Not strictly on a beach, but walking distance away, a night of camping in the permanent dorm-style tents can be combined with a dhow cruise and scuba diving. Arrive with mates and prepare to entertain yourselves, as this site does not have as many facilities as other glamping locales. Dhs190 per day (including breakfast and dinner). Dibba Musandam, Oman, www.sheesabeach.com (050 333 6046).