Winter in the UAE is a beautiful time. The weather has taken a turn for the better and we are standing at the brink of a wonderful few months of outdoor living. There is a seemingly never-ending list of outdoor activities one can engage in during UAE’s winter; barbecues, outdoor events, walks, hikes, kayaking, canoeing- and most importantly: camping.
The UAE deserts are artistic masterpieces of gently undulating dunes in shades ranging from ivory to terracotta. Dotted with oases and home to many of the region’s fauna such as camels and oryx, the UAE desert is an ideal place for a camping adventure, and there are desert spots to suit everyone, from beginner campers to the more adrenaline-seeking counterparts.
Before you go, make sure that you take some basic essentials along.
A tent is the number one requirement, as desert insects or wind can affect your experience. The desert can get much colder than the city at night, it’s important to make sure you have warm clothing and blankets with you. In addition to clothing, a small camping stove is great for cooking some memorable outdoor meals, but it isn’t a necessity. Taking some pre-made snacks and meals along is a good idea too. Don’t forget torches and spare batteries! And to take care of our beautiful deserts, always make sure you take along litter bags to clean up after yourselves.
Regardless of which emirate you reside in, there’s a desert close by for some fun camping experiences.
Sharjah- Jebel Mleiha
Less than an hour away from central Dubai lies the archaeological wonder of Mleiha. If you’re looking for a camping experience with a bit of culture and history, then this is the spot for you. With a museum and other activities organized by Discover Mleiha, you can enjoy a well-rounded weekend. Camping can either be done independently in the outskirts of the dedicated archaeological site, or through the tourist board’s official campsites.