Hidden gems: 6 UAE desert pop-ups to discover this winter

Hidden gems: 6 UAE desert pop-ups to discover this winter

They all happen to be seriously Instagrammable …

By living in the UAE, we are fortunate to have both the beach and the desert on our doorstep. And while summer is fun for pool days and water parks, in the winter we love to quit and head out to the dunes.

Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of cool cafes and restaurants popping up in the desert. If you’ve eager to spend an evening under the stars sipping coffee and meeting friends, here’s six UAE desert pop-ups to discover.

Not a room, Sharjah

Thanks to TikTok, Not A Space has quickly become the hidden gem for winter evenings in the desert. The Al Faya location offers a great pet-friendly place to relax on a beanbag chair, enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and some light snacks. Live music and fire shows make up the entertainment, as well as stand-alone workshops such as Moon Painting on Saturday, January 8 (250 Dhs). By car it will take you about an hour to drive from Dubai, just take the E44 to the E611 and drive up the E102.

Not A Space, Al Faya, Sharjah, daily 06:00 to 01:00. @notaspace

The uncommon, Sharjah

Also in Al Faya is The Uncommon, a new desert cafĂ© pop-up with a large mirror that reflects the picturesque surroundings around you. The Instagrammable destination offers lounge seating surrounded by various mirrors and coffee served in sweet takeaway cups. The atmosphere is relaxed and peaceful and is a great place to watch the sunset. It is an hour’s drive from Dubai, by car take the E44 to the E611 and drive up the E102 to Al Faya.

The Uncommon, Al Faya, Sharjah, kl. 16.00 to 01.00. @ theuncommon.ae

Sonara Camp, Dubai and Ras Al Khamiah

With two places to choose from, Sonara Camp offers a luxury experience in both Dubai and the Ras Al Khaimah desert. Featuring a fine-dining menu and world-class entertainment, this bucket list experience includes a variety of activities from camel riding to falconry, live music, brand shows and more. The sunset experience starts at 460 Dhs for adults and 160 Dhs for children, or with dinner it is 860 Dhs for adults and 380 Dhs for children. For the Dubai Desert Conservation Area, take the E66 all the way (45 minutes) and for The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert, stay on the E311 (60 minutes).

Sonara Camp Dubai, Dubai Desert Conservation or Sonara Camp Al Wadi, Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert, daily from nara.ae

One Degree Cafe, Ajman

For a more traditional Arabic experience, check out One Degree Cafe in Musherief. Here you will find camels, Bedouin tents, traditional live music, tanoora shows, brand shows, child-friendly activities and much more. Dining options include sliders and french fries, hot dogs, flavored cakes, and a variety of coffee options are available for drinks. Just 40 minutes from Dubai you can drive there by following the E66 to the E77 and following the E44; or just take the E44 all the way.

One Degree Cafe, Musherief, Ajman, daily 15:00 to 01:00, the show starts at. @ onedegree.ae

Winter camp, Dubai

Winter Camp is a private set-up where you and your friends can enjoy a fun evening in the desert, without the hassle of setting everything up. You get a relaxing lounge area with fun board games and even a projector screen to enjoy a movie under the stars. Packages are available for groups of 10 to 17 pax (priced at 1,200 Dhs on weekdays and 1,400 Dhs on weekends) or up to 27 pax (priced at 1,500 Dhs on weekdays and 1,800 Dhs on weekends).

Winter Camp, Dubai, daily 5pm to 12pm. WhatsApp: (0) 50 576 5256. @ winter_.camp

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