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Residents are all set to celebrate the UAE's 52nd Union Day with a long weekend (Dec. 2 to 4), and if you're not travelling, this marks the perfect opportunity for camping. We have compiled a list of popular camping sports - all promise amazing views, nice barbecue spots, crisp winter climes and a lot of fun for the entire family.
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Head to Al Qudra for artificial lakes, surrounded by sand dunes that make a perfect backdrop for a selfie at sunset. Since it’s far from the hustle and bustle of the city, it also offers clear views of the stars. A barbeque under a star-lit sky is one for the bucket list.
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For a scenic drive this weekend, get on the Masafi-Dibba road, where the landscape shifts from desert plains to rocky mountains. Whether you want to spend the day hiking, mountain biking, or just relaxing with a picnic, this is a spot you can truly enjoy.
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Fujairah: This quiet emirate has a lot of hidden and off-the-beat gems for residents who love the outdoor experience. Above: Al Jurouf, Fujairah.
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Want a no-frills experience? Pitch your tent at Jebel Jais Ras in Al Khaimah and set up your barbecue station. Wake up early to see the brilliant dawn break.
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Al Wathba Lake Camp is a perfect destination to head to with kids. The ‘green’ destination offers breathtaking views and has 13 campsites around the lake, as well as 24 picnic sites. Families can enjoy recreational activities, including cycling and playing on the multiple volleyball courts and playgrounds at the venue.
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Want an authentic desert experience? Head to Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Oasis. Rubh Al Khali, as it’s popularly known, is a frame of undulating dunes under a sparkling night sky. Just make sure you have a working GPS – getting lost here is very, very easy.
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Hatta is home to glamping opportunities with great Insta-value. You could also set up your tent and enjoy the rocky terrain—things to do while here include looking at Hatta Dam and heading out for kayaking.
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About an hour out of Sharjah, you’ll find a small town called Mleiha, which acts as a base for those looking to hike or camp. Look out for Fossil Rock - an archaeological site teeming with marine fossils.
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Lahbab desert in Dubai: This popular camping destination is better known for star gazing, dune bashing and barbecue evenings, especially for new campers. The thrilling aspect of dune bashing here is the ‘Big Red’, a 300-foot high sand dune. If you’re brave of heart, head to the ‘ghost’ village Al Madam for a night of camping.
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