Best Camping Spots in Abu Dhabi

Excellent weather and the upcoming National Day long weekend have many of us thinking about family activities and here are some of the best places to go camping across Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi has some excellent camping venues ranging form luxury glamping to basic and the number of locations you can camp has no limits, form the red sands of the Liwa desert to the foothills of Jebel Hafit or the beaches of Hudayriyat Island everything is possible.

Glamping in Abu Dhabi

Not a fan of roughing it out under the stars, want to be pampered and looked after while you enjoy a spot of camping, well here ae the options.

Bab Al Nojoum

Head over to Hudayriyat Island to enjoy luxury glamping on the beach, choose form basic tents starting form AED 350 to camper vans and full luxury chalets, they have it all.

Duplex Tent at Bab Al Nojoum

Bring your BBQ and enjoy a night under the stars with the sound of the waves gently splashing on the beach and wake up to a mesmerizing sunrise.

Luxury Chalets at Bab Al Nojoum

Reservations essential, click here.


Jebel Hafit Desert Park

Set amidst the rugged landscape of the Hajar mountains at the base of Jebel Hafit in Al Ain this is glamping at its level best offering camping plots, traditional tents and luxe-glamping pods, meaning there’s something to suit every budget. 

Jebel Hafit Desert Park

The park offers guests three camping experiences: basic camping for which you need to bring your own equipment; fully serviced camping, including breakfast, in a camp showcasing Bedouin tents, and; furnished five-star bubble glamping tents complete with air-conditioning.

Luxury Tent Interior

While you are there don’t forget to check out the historic Beehive Tombs, now a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Reservations essential, click here.


Beach Camping

Head over to one of these secluded beaches for some unforgettable camping experiences.

Marfa Beach and Corniche

Mirfa Beach

Situated along the E11 heading towards the Western Region Mirfa is a quaint mix of fishing village and modern power plants with a long stretch of sandy beach offering the perfect camping spot not too far form Abu Dhabi.

Bring your own tents, food and water and enjoy a great BBQ on this secluded beach.

Shuweihat Island Beach

Shuweihat Island

Situated just after the city of Ruwais in the Western Region Shuweihat Island is a stunning place of beauty and a long coastline dotted with rocks that have been weathered and eroded by centuries of tides creating unique caves and rock formations.

A great place for campers and lovers of outdoor activities, you can gaze at the stars at night or birdwatch in the say while you explore the caves and enjoy swimming in the calm waters.

Shuweihat Island

Read our full article on Shuweihat Island here.

Desert Camping

Being surrounded by the desert there are so many interesting places dotted around Abu Dhabi suitable for camping, ranging , form the desert of Al Khatim just outside Abu Dhabi to the Liwa Desert the choice is endless.

Razeen Desert Camping

Situated off the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Road Razeen offers vast rolling dunes with small pools of water and endless camping opportunities.

This area is said to be the darkest spot in the UAE offering excellent star gazing and when the time is right you can even spot the Milky Way and take some stunning pictures.

Be sure to pack all your needs as there is nothing nearby to stock up and have your 4×4 fully fueled.

Road to the Liwa Desert

Liwa Desert

The deserts of Liwa are quiet possibly the most beautiful and isolated area you can think of in the region.

Vast expanses of dunes stretching to the borders of Saudi Arabia and Oman offer you endless camping oppertunities.

Be very careful as this is an area know to be very isolated with patchy mobile phone signals and not may facilities, not recommended for novice campers.

Wildlife in the Liwa Desert

The views are stunning and the nights get very cold so come prepared and you will have the most amazing camping experience ever.

Wherever you plan to go make sure you have a well serviced 4X4 and plenty of food and water. Groups of three cars are a minimum if venturing deep into the desert.

Its a wise move to leave information about your whereabouts with friends and family in case of emergencies.

Stay safe and enjoy your camping this National Day weekend.

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