1000 Nights

Top choice campground in Sharqiya Sands

This magical camp is a haven of Bedouin-style tents, breezy Arabian-style seating areas and a swimming pool. Despite this oddity, this is one camp where you are genuinely in the heart of the dunes and the challenge of getting there, 19km over a sand ridge from Al Raha camp on the valley floor, is part of the excitement.

A retired Bedford brought the resident dhow here in three pieces; now reassembled as a bar, it makes a fun place to watch those other ships of the desert lope by. Dinner in the carpetted open-air majlis (reception area) is a simple buffet jollied along with the hypnotic rhythms of Bedouin drummers and dancers.