THE glitzy Middle Eastern city of Dubai welcomed a record 15.9 million visitors in 2018. In fact, it is the fourth-most popular city in the world, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Aside from its tradition and culture, many of these travelers are also drawn to its mega malls, themed attractions, luxurious hotels, and pristine beaches.
But one travel trend is nudging Dubai one step closer to its dream of becoming the most visited city in the world.
Glamping, short for glamorous camping, is an increasingly popular travel trend, so much so that it has become more than just a trend – it is a new, fully immersive way of travel which has swept world tourism destinations.
For Dubai, which boasts a centuries-old history tied to its desert, it is a perfect fit as camping is still a beloved way of life for many Emiratis. Locals would take their equipment and head for the desert from the fall months onwards when the scorching summer heat has faded.
For travelers and expats who are desperate to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s skyscraper-filled city, the emirate offers a new wave of a tradition of desert camping but with all the trappings of comfort, style, and modernity.
Think stays in chic desert trailers, plush mountainside lodgings, and beach camps with safety and comfort provided for so you can reconnect with nature without giving up life’s luxuries.
Over 100 kilometers from the hectic metropolis is the mountainous eastern Hatta desert where glampers will enjoy a trailer, caravan, or five-star lodge fully equipped with TVs and power points for charging a smartphone.
And the experience does not stop there. The rugged region is also filled with activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, downhill carting, hiking, rope courses, and wall climbing, just to name a few.
As the sun sets, glampers can treat their eyes to sprawling views from viewing decks before heading off to treat their stomachs to a delectable meal at the communal barbecue facilities to round off the wonderful experience.
Other glamping sites, such as Jebel Ali’s Banan Beach located 20 minutes outside the city, offers a no-frills glamping experience right by the sea where you can soak up the sun, play volleyball, or take a soothing dip in the warm, crystal clear water.
Dubai is hoping to attract 20 million visitors annually by next year. With this massive glamping push in place, the emirate may just see those tourism numbers come into fruition.