Staycation: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Venture deep into the Dubai dunes for fun and adventure that’s big on heritage


The desert sands never felt so homely than within the stone walled confines of this Arabian fort and Bedouin heritage inspired resort. Navigate your way through an enchanting maze of cool alleys, past charming courtyards to your Terrace Room overlooking the quietly shifting dunes. As night falls, swap terrace relaxation for the indulgent appeal of a sunken bathtub and canopied bed.



Slip into a sweater and make a night of it under the stars at Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant with authentic Middle Eastern mezzah, grilled dishes and traditional desserts on the menu plus  live entertainment from the resident  tanoura dancers, Arab musicians, a falcon display, camel show and more.  Keep warm with an aromatic pot of Moroccan mint tea and fragrant shisha.



Poolside lounging and therapeutic relaxation at Satori Spa are all well and good, but with the desert on your doorstep it would be remiss not to explore  farther afield. Sign up for a lesiurely nature walk, saddle up for a desert hack, learn about the art of falconry or try your hand at the ancient sport of archery.  Younger family members also enjoy arts, crafts and fun at Aladdin’s Kids’ Club.

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