Dubai Municipality Allows Free Camping on the Beach for 15 Days
Dubai Municipality has waived off the AED 500 fee for caravan camping on the beach in Al Sufouh. Residents can apply for permits online via the municipality's website
Under the directives of Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Municipality has changed the rules for caravan camping. The municipality has waived off the AED 500 fee for caravan camping on the beach for a period of 15 days. Director General of Dubai Municipality, Dawood Al Hajri made this announcement via a press release. He said this decision was made to enable camping lovers in Dubai to make the most of the pleasant weather and the emirate’s beautiful beaches. He said the initiative would help enhance the happiness and satisfaction of the people in Dubai.
Caravan camping is currently only allowed on the beach in Al Sufouh, adjacent to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Street. Those interested in going camping need to apply for a free permit via the municipality’s website. The applicant needs to upload all the required information and documents on www.dm.gov.ae and will receive the permit immediately, based on which he can camp at a specific location for 15 days.
Campers will however need to follow all rules and regulations. Dawood Al Hajri said that the municipality, in coordination with other government bodies, would be inspecting the camping site to ensure compliance with the rules. He said this was important as they wanted to ensure the safety, security and comfort of visitors, and to preserve the beaches and the environment of the emirate. He further informed that all public beaches in Dubai had received, for the third consecutive year, the international accreditation of the Blue Flag programme.
“This confirms the commitment of Dubai Municipality to make all its beach facilities compatible with the standards required by the organisation, which covers many areas, including water quality, environmental sustainability, safety and security equipment, environmental awareness and education, as well as facilities and services,” he added.