Address: 29 Jebel Ali Rd, Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Courtesy Liwa Nights

Where to go glamping in the UAE

Courtesy Liwa Nights

Liwa Nights

On the Saudi Arabian border between the rolling dunes sits a plush tropical oasis called Liwa, a historical spot that lies on the edge of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest uninterrupted desert. Liwa owes its verdant greenery to a shallow water table beneath the arid sands, nurturing agriculture and farming pursuits for generations. Once the domain of early Bedouin tribes and the noble families who shaped the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Liwa beckons to adventurous glampers seeking to immerse themselves in rich culture and tradition. Thanks to Liwa Nights, individuals can envelop themselves in nature and Emirati hospitality, from mingling with date palm farmers to exploring ancient fortresses and encountering free-roaming wildlife. Meals are cooked in typical Emirati fashion, so guests will eat like locals from breakfast through to dinner. After a day steeped in culture, retreat to spacious glamping tents complete with all the comforts of a hotel, including a plush king-sized bed, a walk-in shower, vanity table, air conditioning and an outdoor seating area to gaze at the star-speckled night sky.

Address: Liwa Nights, Bateen Liwa

Bab al Nojoum, Hudayriyat Island Camp

Located on Abu Dhabi’s Hudayriyat Island, Bab Al Nojum beckons those seeking to drift asleep to the lapping of waves, just a stone’s throw away from the capital’s bustle. This sanctuary is framed by sleepy beaches, idyllic for nature lovers eager to explore the waters through kayak, paddleboarding or a refreshing morning swim. Bab Al Nojoum prides itself on its tranquil and unsoiled surroundings, inviting guests to fully embrace the marvels of nature, whether through sunrise yoga sessions or al fresco dining with ocean vistas. Here, family-friendly activities await centred around fitness, wellness and the great outdoors. Friends and families can lounge on bean bags for daily outdoor cinema screenings, engage in spirited games of volleyball, or gather around crackling bonfires as night falls. When it comes to dining, guests have the luxury of choosing between two distinct eateries, alongside several bars ideal for enjoying a sundowner. Accommodations cater to various preferences, ranging from luxurious to cosy quarters. Guests can luxuriate in barefoot elegance with glamping tents complete with private pools for leisurely dips. Alternatively, those seeking a more rustic experience can opt for more basic beachfront tents or stylishly converted vans, all fitted with inviting beds dressed in crisp linen sheets.

published 2024-05-06 19:22:12