Anyone has done camping in UAE? Mid Feb13 - Camping fellows needed!
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2013 11:42 AM Last Post By: martinjohn22
Feb 1, 2013 9:05 AM
Anyone has done camping in UAE? Mid Feb13 - Camping fellows needed!Hi All,
We (a couple) are coming to Dubai on 14th Feb and staying 8 days in the country, half of which we wish to rent a car and do some camping, one night in the mountains (possibly Wadi Bih ), one night in the desert (possibly Liwa), one night on the beach (any, not 2 busy)
Anyone has done similar thing? Please share the opinions!
Anyone wants to join? Please get in touch!
Thanks for ur time,
Feb 1, 2013 11:46 AM
1Camping in UAE & Oman is easy, I made a detailed post about the trip i did last year, but its been lost to the archives due to TTs reshuffling program. Basically, you can camp anywhere you like that's not going to often local people, eg on a military base or in someone's front garden, its very safe and popular too, given hotel prices there. A 4wd vehicle will help enormously got getting to the best, most secluded spots.
Just drive around until you find a place that looks nice, and set up! I just bought a cheap mat and with my sleeping bag slept under the stars. I didn't stay in the places you're going to, but should be easy enough, there's always lots of space. Certain beaches have toilet blocks, otherwise you can use petrol station toilets or even hotels, they usually don't mind. Another tip is if you need to charge stuff, drop by a internet cafe for a couple of hours, or linger in a restaurant,
Feb 1, 2013 6:18 PM
2I'm camped on the beach in Fujairah a few times and really enjoyed it. Usually I sleep out under the stars but at this time of year you may find yourself on a busy beach as in the cooler months local families are on the beach till very late in the evening (at least at weekends, probably quieter during the working week). I prefer to have a tent if there are tons of people around.
As almondy says, it's easy to wild camp and both countries are very safe.
Feb 3, 2013 4:32 AM
3Thanks a lot guys! I did some further research on the subject and we are almost all set for the trip! We are in UAE in 10 days!
Feb 3, 2013 9:44 AM
4If you have the time, go to Liwa. It's gorgeous, but you need at least on other are if you want to venture out in the dunes.
Note that most rental companies will NOT allow their 4x4's to go offroad, so don't mention this when you rent a car.
Feb 3, 2013 11:05 AM
Feb 4, 2013 2:17 AM
6I agree with Henkbos - the vast majority of rental companies in UAE and Oman do not cover vehicles for driving off-road. This applies regardless of whether you are renting a saloon car or a 4x4.
The reason 4x4s cost over $100 per day is because (regardless of whether they're insured or not) they do get taken off-road, and they get hammered in the process. The majority of the damage incurred is not the kind of collision damage that can be claimed back on insurance, its the clutches, and gear boxes and brakes that get trashed, so the rental companies charge rates that include the kind of wear and tear that the vehicles get put through. But they dont insure their cars for off-road usage.
Feb 4, 2013 11:01 PM
Feb 5, 2013 11:42 AM
I am living in Dibba, Fujairah. It is nice place to do camping, dhow cruise, fishing etc. Beaches in Dibba & Khorfakkan are clean & best in UAE. There is wadis, historical places, local markets, museums, forts etc here in UAE East Coast. If you are visiting this part and need any help please let me know.
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