Authorities hope that the ban on camping will help to curb the spread of Covid-19…

If your UAE National Day plans include camping with your mates in Fujairah, then it might be time for a rethink. Authorities announced over the weekend that there is a camping ban in Fujairah, covering all parts of the emirate.

According to local news agency UAE BARQ, the Emergency, Crises and Disasters team has decided “to ban camping of any kind, including tents and caravans in all regions of the emirate.” The move aims to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

UAE BARQ also notes that “in the event of non-compliance, the concerned authorities will remove these camps and refer violators to the competent authorities.”

Major-General Mohamed Ahmad bin Ghanem Al Kaabi, commander-in-chief of the Fujairah Police, said, “Fines and stringent penalties will be slapped against violators. Any tent, camp or caravan will be demolished or removed with immediate effect.”

Update Nov 24: Short-term camping (up to five days) is now permitted in Ras Al Khaimah, in touristic areas such as Jebel Jais and Wadi Showka, bearing in mind compliance with social distancing and use of face masks.

Camping in the UAE

If you have your heart set on pitching a tent over the UAE National Day long weekend, but the camping ban in Fujairah has stalled that, there are still plenty of places to camp in the UAE.

Read our cool guide to camping in the desert – just be sure to keep the latest Covid-19 restrictions and testing requirements in mind. Or, opt for one of these hassle-free camping experiences with Campr or Sand Sherpa.

Glamping in the UAE

Want to take things up a notch? Find out where to go glamping in the UAE, from beach huts to luxe caravans.

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