Three outdoor experts tell you where to pitch your tent
Time Out staff
Think you know the UAE? Think again. The country is 80 percent desert, yet has some stunning mountainous areas in the north-east, not to mention acres of beachfront. This means there’s no shortage of places to explore, and the weather is now perfect for camping (yes, you may even need to take a sweater and pair of socks). But before you buy yourself a tent, it’s important to know where you’re going and exactly what you’ll need for your trip. To help you avoid any potential pitfalls we’ve spoken to three experts, who reveal their top camping destinations, as well as tips on how to get there, what to do when you’re there, and a tentful of other useful info.
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Bettina Schmit Jan 08, 2015 01:17 pm
Please note this place is not accessible anymore...
Oliver&Nikki Feb 04, 2014 09:27 am
Based on the recommendation we found here, we went to Al Dhafra Beach, Abu Dhabi last weekend 31/01/14. However, I think that the “ Experts” must have gone to a different beach, as we found a totally different place when we arrived!
Upon arriving, we were stopped directly by an Al Dhafra Golf Links committee member demanding that we pay 100Dh per tent before they would allow us access to the track that leads to the beach. After a long discussion with them and looking at our alternative options, we finally agreed to pay for two tents rather than face turning back so late in the day.
Once we accessed the now very expensive campsite! We found a scene that is as far from the picture described above as it gets! The review describes “The water and scenery is incredibly beautiful and pristine, making this an ideal spot for some photography.” We found, a beach located between to industrial plants, completely littered in debris…1000s of bottles, Plastic, timber, foam, glass, metal…. You name it, or threw it in the sea and it’s there! So unless you like bottles and garbage strewn across the landscape, I would suggest leaving the camera at home. As far as wildlife goes, we took our kayak, nothing… not even a fish. Although, a few birds flew past! But even they must have thought it wasn’t worth landing for… Hahaha.
On the plus side, we made the most of it with our friends and the fire was burning all night thanks to the abundance of free timber on the beach. But we will never go down there again.
The picture used was not taken there. Not worth the journey at all. There are much nicer / cleaner places to camp throughout the UAE.
Olivier Oct 20, 2013 07:59 am
we went specially to this location you mention in your top 10 best spot for camping after driving 3 hrs from Dubai
all you can find is power plant station , oil terminal and black smoke
you should go there and update your info...
haffi Jan 22, 2013 07:23 am
can you please share the location where it is i wanna go there for camping