Sharjah chases glamping tourists with opening of new desert retreat


Shaza Hotels has announced the opening of Al Badayer Oasis, a desert retreat in Sharjah.

Owned by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Al Badayer Oasis is set against the sweeping dunes of central Sharjah.

Featuring 21 rooms and 10 tents, adorned with Arabian culture and ornaments reminiscent of a bygone era, Al Badayer Oasis is designed for glamorous camping (glamping).

Travelers get to experience the feeling of living like a Sultan in an empire hemmed in by the golden sweeping dunes.

Included in the facilities are an Emirati restaurant offering authentic cuisine and street food with rich influences of the destinations on its trade route, an all-day-dining restaurant, two meeting rooms, indoor pool, and gym.

An amphitheater in the heart of the Caravanserai will host intimate live events under the stars.

Al Badayer Oasis also aims to become a popular destination for 4×4 trips, quad biking, horse riding, desert safaris, and camel tours. Unmarked mountain routes and purpose-built trails mean both novice and experienced mountain bikers can explore Sharjah’s territories on two wheels.

Simon Coombs, president, and CEO of Shaza Hotels said: “We are delighted to expand our presence in the UAE with a unique property like Al Badayer Oasis and a partner like Shurooq and look forward to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests.

“It is a superb addition to our growing portfolio of hotels in the Middle East and will be the perfect choice for travelers looking for novel and immersive experiences in the midst of the wilderness. This latest opening, that joins two other fabulous properties namely the Kingfisher Lodge and Al Faya Lodge in the Sharjah Collection, creates a unique 3 in 1 travel circuit for visitors to discover the culture, traditional Arabian hospitality and natural beauty of the emirate of Sharjah.”

Shaza, which is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, currently operates four hotels in the Middle East, with more in the pipeline.

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