camping season

Winter camping season kicks off in Dubai

Dubai has launched its winter camping season, which will run until April 2023. Dubai Municipality has opened a call for applications for camping sites from October 18, 2022. The authorities have ensured that wild campers have access to food and that the sites remain clean and safe.

The campsites are allowed to be set up for six months at a cost of 44 fils per square metre per week, with the camp not being larger than 400 square metres. Campsites are for family use only and cannot be sublet to tour companies or hotels.

Last winter, the Ras Al Khaimah Municipal Department decided to ban camping on the emirate’s public beaches after receiving numerous complaints about wild campers from holidaymakers and locals.

Tourists have started pitching tents on the seashore without the permission of the local authorities and outside the designated camping areas. These actions have led to the deterioration of the emirate’s aesthetic image and local residents have been deprived of the opportunity to relax on the beach. In addition, public property was affected.

Officials pointed out that camping on public beaches is prohibited and no one will be able to obtain permits to set up tents. The municipality urged the public to report violations by calling 800661.

Meanwhile, in the desert emirate of Abu Dhabi, a new area for outdoor lovers appeared last winter – Al Wathba Lake camping site next to an artificial lake and picnic area. The camping has a total capacity of 120 people.

You can pitch a tent or stay at the campsite in a motorhome. There are 24 barbecue sites in the wilderness, and the entire camping area can cater for more than 500 campers a day.

Leisure and sports facilities include 1400 metres of footpaths and jogging paths, a new 1200 metre cycle track, 2 volleyball courts and 7 playgrounds, as well as a sports equipment hire centre.

Source: Khaleej Times

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