Even more optionsLocal camping experiences to add to your to-do list.Luxury camping in Oman
Several companies offer high-end ‘glamping’ experiences around our neighbouring country. Hud Hud is a particularly luxurious option, with bespoke service and gourmet food (prices vary but are on the higher end of the scale; www.hudhudtravels.com
). Another option is the Desert Nights Camp in Oman’s Wahiba Sands (pictured), which is very secluded but complete with hot water and beautiful linen (from Dhs1,100 for a deluxe double tented suite; www.omanhotels.com/desertnightscamp
This part of the Empty Quarter near Abu Dhabi is famous for its mammoth (up to 200-metre) dunes, complete lack of light or noise pollution and almost a total absence of litter. However, exploration is for 4x4 experts only. To get there drive towards Abu Dhabi and head for Hamim Village (about 150 minutes away). About 2km after the petrol station, turn left along a fairly wide track – continue down here until you find a spot you like (remember to travel in a convoy of two cars or more). Explorer Tours will take you on a fully equipped trip from Dhs3,800 for four people (www.explorertours.ae
, 04 286 1991).Hatta Mountains
This rocky region is shared with Oman and is full of natural spring-water pools. There are many places to stop and get cosy for the night, although on the few occasions we’ve visited we’ve been appalled by the amount of litter in the area. Perhaps plan a feel-good clean-up camping trip with a group of friends?
Top camping tipsCamping expert Adam Hickman from school expedition company World Challenge shares his checklist.Be prepared
‘Plan ahead and make a list of what you need to take. Last-minute camping trips are great, but it’s very frustrating to go all the way to Musandam without your passport. Make sure you’re carrying enough suitable clothes, food and so on, and always take more water than you think you will need.’Check the weather before you go
‘It’s easy to become blasé in the UAE, but storms do happen, especially in the winter months. Getting caught out in the desert is unpleasant, but getting caught out in a wadi can be deadly.’Drive safely
‘If driving off-road, ensure you have the appropriate experience and equipment to do so. Always travel with a minimum of two vehicles and carry self-rescue equipment in case you get stuck (a shovel, tow rope and tyre inflator).’Leave no trace
‘Campsites should be left the way you found them. All litter should go home with you and campfires should be extinguished and the remains buried. Always leave a site as you would want to find it.’www.world-challenge.ae.