Picnicking or camping in the desert near Al Ain

Wherever you live in Al Ain, it’s easy to forget that as little as a 15-minute drive will take you into the desert. Many Al Ainians love going for picnics or overnight camps, especially during the winter months.

Here are a few notes from my limited experience!…

It’s easy to get stuck in the sand – so do bring a tow rope like the one our friends brought when we went picnicking together recently…

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When I turned my car round and reversed close, my car got stuck too! Our friend Jake let down all the tyres to 10-15psi to get more traction…

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Consider buying a small pressure gauge (from the likes of Daiso) – and an electric tyre pump. My pump is powered from the cigarette lighter, and cost me about 60 dirhams. Jake’s is powered from croc clips attached directly to the car battery – and this pumps up the tyres faster.

Bring a shovel too!

Our boys loved playing on the dunes: throwing a ball…

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…and leaping off sand dunes…

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The dunes provide a good backdrop for photos…

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Jake’s wife, Suzanne, brought pre-cooked chicken curry and rice which we ate on rugs. You can see the shopping centre with Spinney’s and La Brioche inside in the background of this photo, so we didn’t go far to get into the ‘wild’!…

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Marshmallows are fun to roast if you build a fire. My wife Catherine stuck several onto a branch…

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  • Teejay

    Searching for some advice, specific to camping in al ain. Thanks Teejay

  • admin

    The best thing is to talk with other people who have camped in the outskirts.
    Watch out by the way: it gets very cold at night! Brrr… πŸ™‚
    Chris