Just a little over an hour’s drive from Dubai Marina, this Bedouin-style camp in the Ras Al Khaimah desert sits relatively near Banyan Tree Al Wadi, but far enough away to be completely secluded. With real goat-hair tents, cushions for seating, a barbecue, an authentic underground oven and, of course, a camp fire (perfect for cooler nights like the ones we’re experiencing at the moment), this spot is the perfect getaway, and streaks ahead of the usual desert experiences offered by some other tour operators.
Though our visit to the camp was as a twosome, and we made the most of the campfire under a blanket of stars, the camp – which has its own little bar – is equally suited to larger groups who plan to stay up late, chatting and smoking shisha. There’s a barbecue in the evenings, accompanied by a spread of mezze and fresh saj bread, and a light buffet breakfast in the mornings. For overnight stays, tents, toothbrushes, toothpaste and towels are provided (and yes, there are flushing toilets here). Depending on the package you opt for, there are a number of activities that can be organised by the camp’s management, including camel trekking, which we can highly recommend – though be sure to wear long shorts or full trousers to avoid discomfort.
Getting there: Travelling on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, take exit 119 towards Ras Al Khaimah and follow the signs for Banyan Tree Al Wadi resort. Shortly after seeing signs for the hotel, you should begin to spot signs for the Bedouin Oasis, which will lead you to your meeting point.
Dhs190 per person per night, minimum booking of five guests. Pick-up and drop-off can be arranged at an extra cost. www.arabianincentive.com (04 266 6020).