25+ Incredible Family Glamping Spots in the UAE Winter 2023/24

Everyone keeps telling you you’ve really not experienced the UAE until you head out into the desert. So pretty to look at and wonderful to experience, but sleeping in it?? The sand, everywhere?!

UAE Glamping

I hear you. Whilst I’ve long since converted to the “embrace the sand” philosophy and get on with it to enjoy the great outdoors, I know it’s far from many families’ favourite way to staycation in the UAE and actually feel relaxed!

So, for all those families who prefer their “roughing it” a little more refined and a little less sandy, what are the best ways to experience the great outdoors in the United Arab Emirates in style – or at the very least, where a lot of the hard work is done for you?

You’re in luck, as glamping in the UAE is now a burgeoning industry, with many more hotels and tourism companies focusing on this market as a break from the traditional family resort.

Before we dive into our glamping guide to the UAE, you may also be interested in:

UAE Glamping Map

Read on below to learn more about each, what facilities to expect and what you will pay per night for the experience.

  • Blue = glamping and campsites
  • Orange = Solid structure glamping/resort (not canvas tents!)

Incredible UAE Glamping Options this Winter

There’s a huge range of glamping available in the UAE, from those that border on luxury resorts to those where you’re really staying at a glorified party site with canvas – it depends on how “peopley” vs remote you like your experience!

Naturally, if there are lots of activities and built-in facilities such as bathrooms and showers on offer, you can be sure you are sharing with many other campers; the more remote (or listings including “ensuite”), the more privacy you can expect and a chance of a good nights sleep for all.

Our listing has focused on those that we know cater best to family groups; there are a few more exclusive adult-only retreats we’ve left off the list, such as Al Maha and Pura Eco Retreat on Jubail (that still haven’t re-opened this winter!)

Glamping in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Emirate now offers a great range of city, desert and beachfront glamping options for our reluctant campers. We’ve focused on those that are most appropriate for family groups – with a few more luxurious options that are more akin to resorts thrown in!

Jebel Hafit Park, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

You’ll find this incredible desert park at the foot of Jebel Hafeet, the tallest point in Abu Dhabi Emirate on the outskirts of Oasis City, Al Ain. Offering bubble dome tents through to genuine camping, the establishment of Jebel Hafit Park has brought new life to this fascinating but hidden corner of the Emirate.

Jebel Hafit bubble tents in Al Ain
FTME Jebel Hafit Dome Tents inside

Around the desert park, you can enjoy hiking, camel rides, bike rental, guided horse riding and dune buggies before retiring to your digs for the evening.

  • Camping Site – BYO tent and gear and enjoy a reserved spot for up to 6 (4 adults, 2 kids max), access to public toilets and a fire pit from AED 250++ per night.
  • Bedouin-Style Tents – Have a tent pitched for you from AED 400++ per night, including shared bathroom facilities and fire pit, fans but not AC. Capacity 4 adults and 2 kids.
  • Luxury Dome Tent – With AC, shower and private bathroom, telescope, your own private terrace and fire pit, Capacity 2 adults and two under 12’s AED 1,800++ per night
Jebel Hafit Desert park seating outside dome tent
Dome tent balcony Image courtesy Jenkins family
  • Bubble Glamping Tent – With AC, private bathroom, fridge and terrace, fall asleep with an exclusive view of the starlit sky. Capacity 2 adults and two under 12s for AED 2,000++ per night.

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As well as exploring the ancient Jebel Hafeet UNESCO site, including the Hafeet Tombs, which date back over 5000 years to the neolithic period, there’s also plenty to explore in and around Al Ain.

The Zoo is always a smash hit for families; drive to the top of Jebel Hafeet, explore the natural springs at Green Mubazzarah (which also offers slightly less luxurious camping chalets) and step back in time at the oasis and historical sites and museums of Al Ain.

Our full Al Ain with kids guide can be found here.

Bab Al Nojoum Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi

So close to the city but another world away on the new and improved leisure destination of al Hudayriat Island.

Sitting just off the west coast of the main Abu Dhabi city island, Bab Al Nojoum by Mawarid Hotels and Hospitality has something for all levels of glampers; Enjoy a standard tent for two through to luxury tents for groups of four, six, eight or even a luxury two-floor offering with private beach frontage.

Aerial view of Bab Al Nojoum – image supplied

There’s also a camping area for families and camper van options. Expect bonfire areas and BBQ facilities. The Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat waterfront also includes a beach cinema, restaurant, juice bar, food outlets and a kayak hire centre.

  • Duplex tent – family groups of up to 4 can enjoy their own private plunge pool, fully equipped kitchen, two queen-sized beds and a private bathroom with AC.
  • Chalet Tent – these spacious tents include a mini kitchen, dining table and chairs, terrace and a plunge pool. Accommodation is one queen-sized bed, two singles and a queen mattress, allowing groups of up to 6. Enjoy a private bathroom and AC.
  • Camping on wheels – A totally unique concept, Waghi 1 & 2 are converted VW’s or Blazar, the vintage Defender can fit two campers with mini kitchens, AC, sofa beds and towels (shared toilets and bathrooms).
Camper vans on the beach Bab al Nojoum Al Hudayriayat Island Abu Dhabi
Glamping on the beach at Bab al Nojoum Al Hudayriyat Island Abu Dhabi
  • Beachside Camping – several on-site tent options exist with shared bathrooms per cluster. Campsites also share a BBQ area, and picnic tables and seating are spotted around. Al Najm tents suit 2 campers, while Al Helal can fit 4 and Al Badr fit 6. Wave tents for 2 are located right on the beachfront.

You need to provide your own sleeping bags, but mattresses and towels can be provided. Note air mattresses over ground mats will reduce your tent capacity, but you book these in addition to your tent.

(NB: We’ve had missed reviews from families on these campsites! Some have complained of all-night traffic noise, which unfortunately happens if you camp in an urban area – fun for the novelty factor but be aware this will NOT be as peaceful as desert glamping).

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Bab Al Nojoum Al Mugheirah, Al Mirfa, Abu Dhabi

The second instalment of Bab Al Nojoum opened a few winters ago and provides an excellent alternative for those seeking a more ‘back to nature’ approach to beach glamping in the UAE.

air stream glamper at Bab Al nojoum Al Mugheirah on Al mirfa beach

One of the best glamping spots in Abu Dhabi, you are ideally set here just off the beach in Al Mirfa, which is perfect for exploring the surrounding area. At Al Mugheirah Resort, you can hire bikes and use the dedicated bike tracks or choose from quite an extensive list of leisure activities, including falconry, horseback riding and cooking classes.

The accommodation here consists of:

  • Airstream: Ideal for couples, the caravans sleep 2 with a private bathroom, terrace, minibar and outdoor dining. From AED 990 ++
  • One Bedroom Cabins: Offering one double bed, a small kitchen/living space, a terrace with a private plunge pool and a BBQ pit, these are ideal for two people. From AED 1170 ++
  • Two Bedroom Cabins: Best for a family of up to 5 with one double bed, two singles, a sofa/bed in the kitchenette/living space, terrace, pool and fire pit. From AED 1700 ++

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Bab Al Nojoum Bateen Liwa, Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi

A third Bab Al Nojoum property, ready to be explored by families, can be found deep in the dunes of the Liwa Desert. This is one that we’d put on the cusp of luxury desert resorts – the main difference being you are in your own self-contained villa – with a pool!

aerial view of desert villas in the liwa desert abu dhabi - rent private villas at bab al nojoum bateen liwa luxury escapes

Guests still get access to shared facilities, including two pools (adults only and kids), gym and dining options at Liwa Village if they don’t want to cook in their own self-contained kitchen.

The beauty of coming out here is having a fully self-contained villa with no overlooking neighbours. You can reach the properties in a standard vehicle, with no 4WD necessary.

  • Choose from 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas, sleeping 2, 4 or 6 guests respectively. The prices range from AED 1900++ to AED 7400++ and will vary during the season. Breakfast is included or opt for all-inclusive.

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Liwa Nights, Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi

Another stunning Liwa addition that will give you a significant upgrade from tent camping. Liwa Nights is ideal if you’ve always wanted to explore deep into the Empty Quarter but have lacked the vehicle and desert know-how.

This is a great option for those wanting to experience true Bedouin hospitality. You’ll arrive at the remote Liwa Desert campsite by jeep or camel ride and enjoy a dome tent with 360-degree views and a private ensuite.

Your entertainment program includes camel rides, dune buggies, sand bikes and falconry. Availability dependent, they can also arrange local date farm and historic fort tours.

This is true tent-style glamping, though due to the tent set-up with only a king bed, it is not so family-friendly (unless you’re happy for kids to share in a separate tent). We included it in this list, though, as we think it would make an excellent couples retreat or place to take visiting friends.

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Arabian Nights Village, Abu Dhabi

Sitting just beyond the Al Wathba area of Abu Dhabi, about halfway to Al Ain you will find the desert camp offering Arabian Nights Village. As well as taking evening visitors from Abu Dhabi, they also offer several on-site Bayts – small houses to extend your visit to an overnight stay.

Spend your afternoon and evening enjoying desert sports and join a traditional dinner and evening entertainment. Rooms are electronics-free, so perfect for properly switching off for the night, but include AC! Breakfast is included in an all-inclusive package.

You can learn more about how it works for families here.

Arabian Nights Village – image courtesy Our Globetrotters

The Bayts have flexible floor layouts, meaning you can either have a bedroom and living room or convert it to a double-bedroom suite for a family. Couples can book doubles only – all bedrooms come with an ensuite.

  • Bayt al Shaaer (superior): Meaning “woven house,” this will give you a (quite luxurious) touch of a Bedouin tent design. From AED 1330++
  • Bayt al Bahar (Deluxe): Inspired by pearl diving, these bayts are modelled on traditional coastal residences. From AED 1330++
  • Bayt al Bar (Premium): Meaning “desert house,” a simplistic exterior but a stunningly luxurious amen interior. From AED 2760++
  • Al Manhal Tower: the grandest house with presidential bedrooms, each with its own opulent bathroom and a central majlis, ideal for 6 guests. From AED 3,500++

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Unlike most, Arabian Nights Village is open year-round but runs with restricted days over the summer for obvious reasons, and some of the entertainment options will not be available outside of winter – though you can still bag an off-peak bargain on your luxury bayt stay.

Anantara Al Sahel Villas, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

We were torn on whether we should include this one in amongst the glamping as it really is a luxury offering with outdoor adventures and incredible beach frontage thrown in.

These self-contained units are part of the Anantara resort on Sir Bani Yas Island, located approximately 2 hours west of the city, then a short ferry ride away from Ruwais.

Al Sahel Villas on the beachfront, Sir Bani Yas Island – image supplied

Each villa is dependently decked out with African-inspired deco and includes all the mod-cons of the resort rooms, including aircon, gorgeous tubs and minibars. It is jammed full of luxurious amenities, but with the rustic touches of a safari room – you may even have passing gazelle to add to the ambience!

There are one and two-bed villa options for families, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience we recommend everyone living in the UAE try at least once!

See reviews on TripAdvisor

Find our complete guide to exploring Abu Dhabi Emirate this winter here.

Glamping in Ajman

We previously mentioned a couple of Ajman options, but both now look to be permanently closed: Caravana Al Zorah and Bianky Beach Camp. Stay tuned for replacements that we are sure will come in winter 23/24

Learn more about things to do with kids in the Emirate of Ajman here

Glamping In Dubai

For experiencing the mountains, here’s what you can expect to find for family glamping options in Dubai Emirate.

Sedr Trailers Resort, Hatta, Dubai

American-style airstreams are the hit attraction out in the mountains. Each of the 13 campers has basic bathroom amenities, mini-fridge, TV, tea & coffee facilities and wifi.

The Sedr trailers are also serviced with Sedr Bites Truck, dedicated BBQs and bonfires, and viewing deck and water sports activities.

Each van is equipped with a double bed plus a sofa bed – narrow, but at a squeeze, two small children could share for max a family of 4.

Priced from 986AED++ per night

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Damani Lodges Resort, Hatta, Dubai

Nestled in amongst the mountains is another luxurious glamping treat in Damani Lodges. The resort consists of 20 exclusive mountain cabins designed to capture the best views of Hatta; we’d argue this is the best glamping in Dubai emirate.

You can access Wadi Hub food trucks and BBQ huts, plus a huge range of recreational activities on offer at Wadi Hub.

Damani Lodges Resort
Damani Lodges – Image supplied

All mountain lodges have ensuite bathrooms with basic amenities, plus tea and coffee making, AC, TV, mini-fridge and a terrace.

  • Standard Lodges – can house 2 adults in a double bed from AED 1,900AED++
  • Deluxe Lodges – a queen bed, plus a single futon, allowing up to 3 to share from AED 2,000++
  • Premium Lodge Suites – Offer a king bed + sofa bed fitting up to 4 from AED 2,100++

They have also recently added some further glamping-style options. Accomodation choices have been extended to include:

  • Standard Caravans – mountain views, sleep up to 3 from AED 1,550++
  • Deluxe Caravans – mountain views, sleep up to 4 from AED 1,660++
  • Premium Caravans – mountain views and outdoor terrace, sleep up to 4 from AED 1,750++
  • Dome Tents – mountain views sleep up to 4 from AED 1,900++

See reviews on TripAdvisor

A further note on Hatta Wadi Hub – Camping is permitted with your own tent as well on designated pitches. These are 129 AED++ weekdays or 199AED++ weekends per night – this will give you access to shared washrooms, a dedicated BBQ area, parking at your campsite and access to all the amenities of Wadi Hub – see how to book here.

Starlight Camp, Dubai

Taking the Dubai desert bubble experience to new lengths, the Starlight Camp bubble tents allow unfettered access to the starlit night with comfort around you, including a Nespresso coffee machine, fridge, fireplace – even a telescope and Bluetooth speakers.

As well as crystal roof tents for two with panoramic windows, there is an offering with an annexe big enough for two children as well making its way onto our family-friendly glamping list – they also allow dogs – with a dog bar and outdoor doggy day tent no less, so perfect for all the family to enjoy the desert!

This pop-up camp is set up secretly, so the exact location is not revealed until you book! Pick-ups from the city can be arranged if you don’t have a 4×4.

Expect outdoor camp toilet and shower facilities (shared) and everything you need to set up camp and cook your own BBQ dinner and breakfast. A food and beverage trailer is also available, and breakfast and dinner-inclusive packages can be booked to take all the hard work away.

Priced from AED 2520 for a tent for 2, annexe tents for families have additional charges

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Nests at Sonara Camp, Dubai

We would almost have moved this one to our luxury resort listing – though technically, it’s still tents, so we’re calling it a glamping site!

For the reluctant camper who still wants a serious taste of luxury in the desert with a fully serviced campsite and all the bells and whistles, Sonara in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, operated by Nara Escapes, will not disappoint.

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Utterly stunning Nests at Sonara camp – image supplied

A resident chef will prepare your dinner while the kids enjoy sand sports – snowboarding, archery, and volleyball are all available. Evening entertainment is included over dinner (they have evening-only guests, too) before you settle down to a movie under the stars and a star gazing program on the weekends.

It is 4WD access, so you’ll either be given a designated meeting spot in DDCR, and they’ll transfer you to the camp, or for guests staying in Dubai, they’ll arrange door-to-door pick-ups.

Overnight Nests start from AED 2300 for Dune Nests, up to Sunrise Nests for AED 2,800 all sleep up to 4.

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Platinum Heritage, Dubai

Offering some of the ultimate Dubai desert experiences within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), Platinum Heritage has a great reputation as a premium safari provider in Dubai.

Overnight experiences are available in addition to their vintage Landrover tours. Accommodation is actually in stone huts rather than tents, and a mattress and bedding are provided. Though it lacks some of the creature comforts you’ll usually get glamping in Dubai, you’ll make up for it with the range of activities and authentic experiences on offer.

Hot Air Balloon over the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Image CanvaPro

Their overnight glamping packages include a full evening of entertainment, a 4-course dinner and relaxation in the majlis. Retire to your accommodation, plus either night or morning eco safari, gourmet breakfast and the add-on option of a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the DDCR.

Overnight camps run from 1 October to 30 April. From AED 995AED++ per adult before extras such as balloon rides and transfers from Dubai.

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Note, we have left off this list for families Terra Solis, very much an adults-only desert party venue offering luxury glamping overnight options and the tented ultra-luxury resort, Al Maha (which operates an over 10’s policy); both great choices for adults but not our top picks for a family.

Glamping in Fujairah

Options at present are limited within Fujairah Emirate, though with news that free camping on the beach at Al Aqah is no longer allowed, this may mean news of more organized camps is on the way.

The Retreat Camp, Fujairah

Set in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, The Retreat offers an eco-experience in this 17-room property. Light on thrills but heavy on ambience, this is far from a typical camp. Each hut only sleeps two, so it’s not ideal for family stays, but was too unique to miss off our list!

You are right on the doorstep of many mountain trails for hiking fans. Everything about the camp has been built with sustainability front of mind, including the irrigation and how they grow their own organic foods.

Doubles from 1,260AED++ per night

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Learn more about Fujairah and east coast beach accommodation options for families here

Glamping in Sharjah

Glamping and exclusive luxury eco experiences have long been an area of the tourism market focussed on by Sharjah. In both the Sharjah desert adjacent to Dubai and on the east coast exclaves, you can expect some spectacular lodging choices:

Mysk Al Badayer Oasis Retreat, Sharjah

You could easily slip this into the luxury resort offering in the UAE, but yes, let’s call it glamping! This spectacular Sharjah Collection property is a stunning eco-resort built with Arabian styling and ornate touches throughout.

Mysk Al Bayader Sharjah Collection
Image supplied by Shurooq – Sharjah Collection

They offer a full range of desert activities and wildlife experiences with 21 rooms and ten permanent luxury tents. They are all beautifully set out in this pristine, serene desert location with modern amenities.

There is a large outdoor swimming pool to enjoy if you want to relax and unwind after experiencing the natural beauty of the desert.

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Mleiha Glamping, Sharjah

Situated at the base of the Al Faya Mountain, part of the Mleiha Archaeological Centre, these luxurious Yurts are a fabulous new addition for a night under the stars in this truly special venue.

Be transported by Mercedes Unimog to the overnight campsite and enjoy a complimentary star-gazing session with an astrologist, then enjoy dinner under the stars with the resident chef, or BYO your own food and equipment for a private BBQ experience.

If you’re up for the early wake-up call, they will drive you by SUV to the perfect sunrise point before returning to a provided picnic breakfast. You’ll be returned back to the Center to collect your own vehicles at 9:00 AM.

The tents here are hotel-quality, with plush bedding and wood furnishings. Bathroom facilities are shared.

The site is only small with five tents, so it is possible to book the whole place for just one family/group for AED 5,200++. Other individual options include:

  • Standard Tent – 2 adults in a queen or 2 singles From AED 1295++
  • Family Tent – 2 Adults in a queen + 2 singles AED 1550++

If you’re still not quite feeling brave enough for an overnight glamping experience, Mleiha is also the ideal place to go for a premium star-gazing experience. You are in a wonderfully remote location, far from the city lights, and can enjoy an educational experience alongside premium dining with an incredible evening package.

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Moon Retreat by Sharjah Collection

Another simply beautiful desert escape close to Mleiha, the ten domes and six tents here offer a luxurious way to relax after exploring the treasures of the nearby desert, including Fossilil Dunes.

Dome tents here are fully equipped with air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms, plus all the tools you need for cooking on your own BBQ. The retreat has a beautiful communal area to enjoy a bonfire and star gazing, followed by an outdoor movie. You can choose from the catered menu by Mysk chefs, or enjoy your own.

overhead view of the Moon Retreat dome tents in Sharjah

Breakfast can also be prepared for you, and enjoy the option of an incredible sunrise trek if you’re an early riser.

There are options with and without terraces and private pools – obviously, these will make a big difference in your price, ranging from around AED 1,500++ with no pool to AED 5,000++ for a double-bedroom tent with a private pool.

A 4WD to get to the tents is preferred, though it is possible in a sedan vehicle.

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Mysk Kingfisher Retreat, Kalba, Sharjah

Another Sharjah Collection property, Kingfisher Retreat, is set in the beautiful mangroves of Kalba, facing the Gulf of Oman in the small Sharjah exclave. There’s a choice of one, two and three-bedroom luxury tented cabins, each with its own private plunge pool.

Kingfisher Retreat Sharjah Collection
Image supplied by Shurooq – Sharjah Collection

There are mountain bikes to hire in the cooler months, and a wonderful continental breakfast is served. Its larger rooms and remoteness make it an ideal choice for family groups looking for a more remote retreat.

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Learn more about visiting Kalba, the Sharjah exclave on the east coast here.

Glamping in Ras Al Khaimah

It’s no surprise with the stunning rich red sand dunes in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) that there are some great glamping contenders to woo you into the desert, from more traditional glamping set-ups to pure luxury and a couple of beachfront offerings too. Let’s look at each:

Bedouin Oasis Camp, RAK

A glamping and camping experience with a little something for everyone, Bedouin Oasis RAK may be best known for its touristy nights out offering traditional desert experiences, but it’s definitely worth checking out their glamping options too, to extend your desert experience.

Bedouin Oasis Bedouin tents – Image Supplied

Lodging options at Bedouin Oasis Camp include:

  • Premium Chalets – with AC, attached washrooms and bedding, max occupancy of 4. From AD 802++ per night
  • Deluxe Bedouin Tents – with attached washrooms, some with AC, bedding max occupancy of 3. From AED 628++ per night
  • Deluxe Nature View Tents – with attached washrooms and bedding, max occupancy of 3. From AED 566++ per night
  • Igloo Tent Camping – equipped with bedding, shared washrooms

Room rates include shared BBQ dinner and breakfast, plus camel rides, henna, sand boarding and Shisha. You will also get access to Honey Dew Bar for drinks (extra). Private romantic dining can be arranged on request, as can quad biking and desert safaris.

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The Dunes Safari & Camping, RAK

A relative newcomer to the overnight camping scene, The Dunes offers several different RAK glamping options to suit your desert experience needs. Ranging from elevated treehouses to deluxe and premium camping domes or even just a basic camping igloo, they have something to suit a wide variety of budgets.

Gglamping tents at the Dunes
The Dunes Dome Tents – Image Supplied

As well as the overnight accommodation offering, the Dunes offers an extensive entertainment program, including desert safari, camel trekking, quad bike tours and a tour to Jebel Jais.

  • Premium Dome Tents – AC, private toilet and shower. Capacity 2 people & room for 2 extra mattresses. 1100AED++ per tent – each child add 350AED++ with dune bashing included.
  • Deluxe Dome tent – AC, private toilet & Shower. Capacity 2 people & room for 2 extra mattresses. 800AED++ per tent – each child add 200AED++.
  • Treehouses — AC, private toilet, common shower – capacity 2 people only 700AED++.
  • Igloo Tent – Common toilet and bathroom – mattress and bedding provided – capacity 2 people only 450AED++.

Welcome treats, soft beverages, dinner and breakfast are included with all overnight packages.

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Longbeach Campground, RAK

This is a real hybrid between a campsite and a full-service resort! Yes, you are sleeping in waterfront tents, but on the site, you also have access to a water park, petting zoo, spa and sauna, kite flying, beach yoga, kayaking – the list goes on!

This is very much a modern take on the camping experience; all tents have access to toilet & shower facilities and a large range of activities are on offer. Accommodation choices include:

  • Fully furnished dome tent – panoramic views, comfortable beds, private bathroom and hot tub with fall ensuite bathroom amenities, king-size bed.
  • Family tents – beachfront views with comfy mattresses and chairs. Max 4 adults 2 kids.
  • Safari Suite Tents – a more glamorous camping holiday set up with an elevated deck, private bathroom and spacious bedroom. 1 king bed and two singles plus a sofa.
  • Authentic Deluxe tents – beachfront bell tent with comfy mattresses and two outdoor chairs, simple but comfortable.
  • Sunset Terrace Suite Tent – chic wooden set up with rooftop deck, private jacuzzi, sauna, hammock & sea views and a queen-size bed

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Banan Beach Resort, RAK

Previously found along the Arabian Gulf in Dubai, Banan Beach glamping tents and chalets have found a new home in Ras al Khaimah. They have announced they are moving to a members-only model, but it remains unclear if this applies to the beach glamping as well as the beach side bar and pool they run.

Accommodation options have stepped it up a notch from the original Dubai set up of colourful tents, though we still think it’s more aptly glamping than a resort per se. You can choose from:

  • Nabulus Chalet – Sleeps up to 6 adults with 3 queen beds and 3 bathrooms. Enjoy a private pool, beach swings, bag, fridge and BBQ area.
  • Baian Loft Tent – suitable for up to 4, you get a queen and a double bed, a bathroom, seating area, jacuzzi and BBQ area included in this luxurious double-story tent.
  • Yafa Beach Room – ideal for couples with one queen bed, ensuite bathroom and a fridge included with a small balcony and fridge.

Small tents and garden rooms are expected to be added during winter 2023-24.

We do love that Banan Beach is pet-friendly, so it’s the ideal escape if you want a slightly more luxurious beach retreat with your 4-legged friend. Your rate also includes breakfast. Not you can BYOB, but there’s a corkage fee.

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The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert, RAK

OK, yes, it’s most definitely classified as a luxury resort – but your accommodation here is still technically a tent, so let’s call it extreme glamping, UAE-style!! Never mind the fact you get your own ensuite bathroom AND private plunge pool overlooking the desert from an enormous 158 sq metre Bedouin villa with a private outdoor terrace.

Ritz Al Wadi private pool overlooking the desert – image supplied

Set in the Wadi Desert nature reserve, there is a huge range of wildlife and heritage experiences on offer at Ritz al Wadi – this is definitely one to consider at the high end of glamping options in the UAE if you have a reluctant camper, this will be a seamless introduction to nature escapes.

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Another RAK “Glamping” Option for Adventurers

We were hesitant to add this last option in RAK as well; it’s not really glamping for families UAE but a decent roof over your head for an outdoor adventurer.

Bear Grylls Explorer Camp offers avid adventurers furnished cabins with basic dining amenities to make camp meals. The huts are SUPER basic – no Nespresso machines, no private plunge pool here – BUT they do the job if your focus is just a place to crash for the evening.

The bunk bed set-up can fit up to 3 campers and makes the perfect base camp overnight if you’ll be taking on one of their Primal Survival adventures – check out their custom-designed family course here; it’s perfect if you have a teen 12-17 years old.

Want something a little more luxurious? Learn more about the best family resort accommodation in Ras Al Khaimah here

Glamping in Umm Al Quwain

Last but not least. It is still a developing market when it comes to tourism, but a classic glamping style option has been around for years. Arguably around since before glamping was cool?

Dreamland Aqua Park, UAQ

Set inside the Dreamland Water Park – one of the UAE’s cheapest outdoor thrill parks they have an overnight option. Wooden cabins can sleep up to 4, and they offer a half-board option for single night stays or full-board options for consecutive nights.

Groups of 6 to 12 can book the VIP Deluxe Villa – and, of course, use all the facilities of the aqua park during the day. Drinks are available to purchase on-site and BBQ facilities are provided.

Kite Beach Center

A new kid on the block offering an overnight glamping option to visitors to Umm Al Quwain. We’d put most of their options down the glorified camping end of the scale – but there are some fancier options if you still prefer 4 walls!

Huts and camps range from wooden Beach Huts (sleeping up to 6) to wooden framed large tents, small tents and BYO tent options.

Your ‘glampers’ are going to want to hone in on their Beach Hut options from AED 250. They are pretty basic setups for those who want a relaxed and minimalised trip to the beach – you do get wifi and a private shower, but cooling is by fan only, no AC and no full kitchenette. You’ll want to BYO sheets and pillows, too.

It’s important to note that in addition to booking the Beach Hut (available on day hires and overnight), you need to pay for beach access, too. It may not have all the mod cons but along with watersports, snorkelling and mangrove tours on offer, it is the ultimate in rustic beachside relaxation in the Emirates.

Learn more about visiting Umm al Quwain with kids here

++ As with all our UAE accommodation guides, note that taxes are not always included in the quoted prices but this is really variable across the Emirates – check the fine print before you book to prevent any surprises. Always bring your Emirates ID/passport.

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  • UAE Outdoor Activities – your ultimate winter guide to the Emirates includes a printable checklist of outdoor things to do.

You can also find many more detailed guides on our Dubai and Abu Dhabi home pages, and as borders open up, check out all our Middle East Family Travel Guides.

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Disclosures: Our editor has received some complementary or discounted stays in the past in exchange for honest reviews. Most feedback has been taken from parents in our community, but as we know, things can change year to year along with facilities, activity offerings and services. If you think any of the descriptions are inaccurate, please let us know, and we can update our list. Pricing is as of November 2023. This page contains some affiliate links which may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you should a booking be made, thank you. Our full privacy policy and terms of use can be found here. 

Family Travel Middle East
Family Travel Middle East

The Family Travel in the Middle East team of travel writers are all parents based in the Middle East, sharing first hand experiences and reviews from across the region to help you plan your next family adventure.

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