It’s where the desert meets the sea, or so many campers say. And how could it not? Al Dhafra takes up two thirds of the desert in Abu Dhabi, which means hundreds of kilometres worth of spectacular beaches to set up camp. There’s no reason not to camp along some of the biggest sand dunes in the UAE, but that’s what the ‘Empty Quarter’ is for (see Liwa Oasis if that does strike your fancy). Al Dhafra Beach is the real highlight, and we can’t see many who wouldn’t want a DIY beach retreat. Head towards the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort west on the E11, there’ll be signs along the road to help you get there, and you’ll find your way there. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to access the beach as Al Dhafra Golf Links say it’s for members only. Don’t fret though, as all you’ll need to do is keep going along the old E11, between Shuweihat Power Complex and Al Hamra airport, and an expansive white sandy beach awaits. Tides can also be a nuisance to setting up your beach camp, so be sure to check the tide forecast by visiting www.tide-forecast.com. Apart from that, enjoy a beachy weekend, campers.