Sonara Desrt camp at sunset, dining and overnight camping tents in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Sensational Dubai Glamping Spots – Winter 2021/22 Guide

by Dubai Travel Planner

Glamping is the perfect way for the reluctant camper to dip their toe into the great outdoors without giving up all the creature-comforts of staying in a hotel room.

It’s an increasingly popular area of the tourism market in Dubai and a fabulous way to get beyond the city and explore the best of Dubai’s desert and mountains (- yes mountains!) as well as some fun new urban experiences.

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Let’s take a look around some of the best glamping in Dubai, plus a highlights tour of the best glamping in the rest of the UAE.

*NB most glamping in Dubai is seasonal and will not operate roughly May to October – check dates with each individual provider

Sonara Camp, Dubai

Reluctant campers, start here! This has to be the finest and most exquisite of Dubai glamping experiences. Set in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, enjoy dinner under the stars prepared by the resident chef before treating yourself to either their Nomad Tent or Lotus Tent offering.

Sonara Desert Camp in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Image supplied & feature image

No tents to pitch yourself, and a driver can pick you up from Dubai, so all the work is done for you. Evening entertainment includes a fabulous range of sports to enjoy as the sun sets over the desert from snowboarding to archery and volleyball. Or for something more sedate, sit back with a drink and enjoy a movie under the stars and a weekend stargazing program.

How much does it cost? Prices start from 1610 AED per person for an overnight Nomad (Touareg) Tent or 1860 AED for the Lotus Tent.

Where to find it: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – access with 4×4 or arrange city pickups.

>> Learn more at nara.ae/sonara

Platinum Heritage, Dubai

Another fabulous offering to consider, also in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Here you will be offered oasis tent accommodation to accompany your choice of desert experiences.

Renowned for its philosophy of focusing on the desert itself and the wildlife rather than the dune sports, this is the preferred option for those who want a more hands-on desert experience but with comfortable amenities.

The evening and overnight programs here allow you to enjoy a 4-course dinner and relax in the majlis with Bedouin hospitality before joining a morning eco-safari with gourmet breakfast. You can even add on the option here of an early morning hot air balloon drive (a great way to save yourself the incredibly early morning wake up call in the city!)

Overnight camps run from 1 October to 15 May. 

What it costs: From 995AED++ per adult, 795AED++ per child before extras such as balloon rides and transfers from Dubai.

Where to find it: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – access with 4×4 or arrange city pickups.

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>> Learn more at platinum-heritage.com or book it through Get Your Guide with their moneyback guarantee if your trip is cancelled


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These are some of the top-choice overnight experiences offered by Viator. Some of these are a little more rustic camping experiences than glamping; the prices are pretty indicative of the luxury level you’ll get!


Hatta Damani Lodges Resort

To the south of Dubai you will come to the mountainous region of Hatta. Much improvement has gone into this area in the last few years to make this an incredible nature playground with a huge range of water sports, hikes and mountain biking on offer.

The Damani Lodges Resort offers guests 20 exclusive mountain cabins. Whilst your amenities are basic with tea and coffee making, AC, TV, mini-fridge and a terrace, you do get a private bathroom and sensational mountain views. You can access Wadi Hub food trucks and BBQ huts plus a huge range of recreational activities on offer at Wadi Hub.

What does it cost?

  • Standard Lodges – can house 2 adults in a double bed from 1,139AED++ per night
  • Standard Plus Lodges – also have a double bed, plus a single futon allowing up to 3 to share from 1,186AED++ per night
  • Mountain Lodge Suites – Offer a queen-sized bed + sofa bed fitting up to 4 from 1,285AED++ per night

>> Learn more at visithatta.com or check out pricing on Booking.com

Hatta Sedr Trailers Resort

American-style airstreams are one of the latest hit attractions of visiting Hatta. There are 13 fully renovated campers set out over the mountainside, each with its own basic bathroom amenities, mini-fridge, TV, tea & coffee facilities and Wi-Fi. Each van is equipped with a double bed plus a sofa bed – ideal for 2 to 3 guests- Sedr are happy to accept bookings for 2 adults and 2 children under 8 (though it may be a bit of a squeeze).

The Sedr trailers are serviced with Sedr Bites Truck, and have dedicated BBQs and bonfire facilities, a viewing deck and access to nearby water sports activities on the dam.

What does it cost? Priced from 1125AED++ per night

Where to find it? The Sedr Trailers Resort is in Hatta, approximately an hour south of Dubai

>> Learn more at visthatta.com or book check availability and pricing through booking.com

Starlight Camp, Dubai

Enjoy an exclusive bubble tent experience in a hidden pop-up location outside of the city to enjoy unfettered starry night views in the desert.

Your luxury crystal roof tent for 2 (though annex tents are also available for families) includes a wonderfully comfy bed, Nespresso machine, fridge, fireplace – even a telescope and Bluetooth speakers. Self-cooking is included or enjoy the food and beverage truck on site.

The toilets and shower facilities are shared here which may drop it down a notch for our campophobes but partake in the all-inclusive package and all your dinner and drinks plus breakfast (along with the dishes!) will be taken care of for you – it still ranks highly in Dubai luxury desert experiences.

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What does it cost? Priced from 2,520 AED for two man tent, family annexes additional.

Where to find it: Your secret Dubai desert location will be revealed after booking! You’ll need a 4×4 or city pick ups can be arranged.

>> Learn more at starlight-camp.com or conveniently book via booking.com

Camping in the Rainforest at The Green Planet, Dubai

A rainforest in Dubai? OK maybe not quite what you think but The Green Planet biodome in the heart of the city offers an urban camping experience. Ideal for families, activities on offer include a scavenger hunt, unique feeding experiences and a nocturnal animal tour before snuggling in your hammock in a twinkly light tent while dozing off with the animal chatter.

They can fit up to 18 people per night across 6 tents. Dinner and Breakfast at the Green Planet Cafe are included. Book early as it only runs on weekends and places go fast.

If the idea of being woken up at 5am by animal chatter doesn’t appeal so much, there’s still a great range of other activities you can enjoy at The Green Planet as detailed here.

What does it cost? Groups of 2 from 800AED or a large tent/family group of 4 from 1600AED.

Where can you find it? The Green Planet is adjacent to City Walk, just minutes from Downtown Dubai so you really don’t have far to travel for this experience!

>> Learn more at thegreenplanetdubai.com


Glamping in the UAE

The glamping doesn’t end in Dubai, there are plenty of glamping options to consider in the other Emirates of the UAE, within 2 hour’s drive of Dubai.

Beach glamping in the UAE

  • Bab Al Nojoum, Al Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi* A glamping and camping set up adjacent to the sporting and entertainment attractions of Hudayriyat island, newly opened end of 2020. There are basic tents through to camper vans for 2 and a luxury two-story option with private pool! (Approx. 1 hour 30 mins from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
  • Caravana Resort, Ajman . A wonderful reminder of days gone by with your very own traditional caravan set on a plot looking on to your own private stretch of beach. (Approx. 1 hour from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
  • Longbeach Ras Al Khaimah. This really is a hybrid between camping and a resort! Waterfront tents go hand in hand with resort-style activity offerings. Enjoy Domed tents through to Safari Suites (Approx. 1 hour 15 mins from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
  • Mysk Kingfisher Retreat, Sharjah (Kalba). Overlooking the Gulf of Oman from the serene waterfront mangroves of the eastern enclave of Sharjah, these luxury tented cabins each come with their own private pool. Remote and ideal for larger groups or families with one, two & three-bedroom options. (Approx. 1 hour from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE

Desert Glamping in the UAE

  • Bedouin Oasis Camp, Ras al Khaimah. From traditional desert evening to an overnight offering that includes chalets, deluxe tents, nature view tents and more rustic igloo tents, just choose your comfort level! (Approx. 1 hour 20 mins from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
  • The Dunes Camping & Safari, Ras Al Khaimah. From elevated treehouses to deluxe camping domes, The Dunes offers a great value glamping option for those who’d like to combine a desert experience evening with dinner and an overnight stay. Not ultra-luxurious but a great authentic RAK experience. (Approx. 1 hour 20 mins from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
  • Mysk Al Badayer Oasis Retreat, Sharjah. Anything Mysk by Sharjah Collection has quality written all over it and their eco desert “camp” is no exception. This is superb luxury glamping experience offers a wide range of desert activities and a desert wildlife program. (Approx. 40 mins from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
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Mysk Al Badayer Oasis Retreat – Image Supplied

Mountain Glamping in the UAE

  • Jebel Hafit Park, Al Ain*. Set at the foot of Jebel Hafit, the tallest point in Abu Dhabi Emirate there is a variety of bubble domes, luxury tents and Bedouin-style tents as well as campsites only available as part of the desert park, which includes the UNESCO-listed “beehive tombs”. (Approx. 1 hour 45 mins from Downtown Dubai) LEARN MORE HERE
  • The Retreat Camp, Fujairah. One of the UAE’s more unique eco experiences, you’ll find this small property in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, facing the Gulf of Oman. The entire camp is built with sustainability in mind and huts many hiking trails on your doorstep. (Approx. 1 hour 50 mins from Downtown Dubai). LEARN MORE HERE
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*Note Border Crossing Restrictions to Abu Dhabi Emirates until further advised

++ A small note on accommodation pricing in Dubai. Frequently you will find accommodation pricing quoted without the applicable tourist taxes and VAT which can add 20%+ to the list price – you can see our complete guide to Dubai tourist taxes here.

For all full listing and details of glamping sites across the UAE, check out our partner site Family Travel in the Middle East


Information originally published January 2021, updates have been made as of March 2022. Always check with the venue prior to visiting in case there are special opening hours, restricted hours or changes in special offers.


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