In the foothills of the Jebel Hafeet mountain range in Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches for nine kilometres across the amber landscape. It’s the Jebel Hafit Desert Park, one of the most unique seasonal attractions in the Emirate that offers a luxurious glamping experience since it opened its doors in 2020.
Nestled on the border of the UAE and Oman, the park is laced with archaeological remains of the Neolithic period from 8,000 years ago, and the 5,000-year-old Jebel Hafeet tombs, which were excavated in 1959 upon the request of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The Jebel Hafit Desert Park appeals to all travellers, whether you’re an adventure-seeker, or wish to immerse yourself in a secluded oasis. Check in at the Activity Hub, from where the friendly resort staff will drive you to the tents, which include eight Skylight Domes, five Sky Bubbles, and 10 Heritage Tents. Also part of the location is a public campsite area with 10 camping spots to pitch your own.
Jebel Hafit Tomb
Beyond the surrounding archaeological gems, this distinct range of tents and their innovative design are among the location’s most appealing elements. Step inside the Skylight Dome that boasts sleek design, replete with modern amenities, including a Nespresso machine, private bathroom, and air-conditioning to make your stay comfortable.
Above each king-size bed is a skylight that allows sunlight to pour into the dome and illuminate the space, which comprises a teakwood wardrobe and cosy sofa bed. For the full dome experience, draw back the roof and you’ll find yourself in an enchanting glasshouse setting, from the comfort of which you can admire the surrounding desert.
An interior view of a Skylight Dome at Jebel Hafit Desert Park
Heritage Tents are quintessentially Arabian yet modern in style, featuring an outdoor firepit for evening barbecues and a local indoor majlis setting. The park offers a stay inclusive of breakfast, an all-day à la carte menu, and a spectrum of outdoor activities to pick from.
Once you’ve explored the historical gems and artefacts of the area, venture out for a guided camel ride or buggy trip to boost your adrenaline. Trek-lovers can enjoy the Jebel Hafeet mountain range, book a bike, or hike along the trails mapped in the park. And as you round off the day, don’t miss the chance to stargaze under the sky, as the crackle of the bonfire lights up the enchanting landscape.