The Middle East, with its vast deserts and unique landscapes, has always been a haven for campers. As the winter season approaches, the region sees a surge in camping activities, with enthusiasts from various countries setting up their tents and enjoying the serene beauty of nature.
According to a report by the Gulf Times, the middle region of Qatar has witnessed a record number of citizens camping this year. The number of registration requests soared to 400 within just two days.
Fawzi al-Shammari, head of the Winter Camping Season Team at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC), highlighted the ease of registration at environmental centers as a significant factor in this increase.
The centers, which operate from 7 am to 8 pm, have particularly benefited senior citizens and those who find electronic registration platforms challenging.
The camping season in Bahrain is also set to return, as reported by GDN Online. Following directives from His Majesty King Hamad, Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the commencement of the camping season from November 10 until February 29, 2024.
The focus is on ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for both citizens and residents while preserving the environment and wildlife.
In the UAE, the Dubai Municipality has announced the launch of its temporary winter camping season in the Al Awir area. This initiative, as covered by The National, aims to provide family-friendly camping areas equipped with all necessary amenities.
Special provisions have been made for people of determination and senior citizens, with reserved spots at the front of designated camping locations. Additionally, store owners have designated areas to offer goods and services to campers.
This sector promises to be a blend of nature and luxury, with 95% of the area preserved for nature. The development will feature three boutique hotels, fine dining restaurants, and various adventure activities, ensuring that visitors get a taste of both relaxation and thrill.
However, with the increasing popularity of camping, there are also concerns about preserving the environment.
Fawzi al-Shammari from MoECC urged campers in Qatar to adhere to the set regulations and avoid violations that could lead to the withdrawal of camping permits.
Environmental inspectors will be vigilant, ensuring that there are no disturbances, especially from loudspeakers.
Beginner campers and camping enthusiasts in the Middle East can also explore some of the region’s most scenic spots as listed by Arab News.
The man-made Al Qudra Lakes in Dubai have become a favorite among weekend campers, especially during the winter season. The lakes are complemented by a bike path and essential public facilities.
In Lebanon’s Jbeil district, Chouwen offers campers breathtaking views of a flowing river.
Riyadh’s Wadi Hanifa, once a waste disposal site, has transformed into a beautiful valley, becoming a popular escape for city residents.
For those seeking adventure, Thumamah Desert in Saudi Arabia offers quad bikes for rent, camel rides, and activities for younger campers.
Oman’s Hajjar Mountains, with their stunning views, cater to experienced campers due to the rocky terrain and trekking involved.
Lastly, Jebel Al-Dukhan, Bahrain’s tallest mountain, remains a favorite among the country’s outdoor enthusiasts.
The Middle East’s camping season is not just about setting up tents and enjoying the outdoors. It’s a time for families to bond, for individuals to connect with nature, and for communities to come together.
As the region gears up for another season of camping, it’s essential to remember the values of respect, sustainability, and unity.