UAE's newest safari tourism destination set to open

Tilal Swaihan Camp features a combination of sand dunes and hills with racetracks, heritage village, theatre and souq
UAE's newest safari tourism destination set to open
Tilal Swaihan will feature the Tilal Swaihan Festival for car racing enthusiasts and professionals.
By Sam Bridge
Thu 13 Dec 2018 02:44 PM

Tilal Swaihan Camp in Al Ain, the newest safari tourism destination in the UAE, is set to launch on Friday.

Located about 70km from Al Ain city, this campsite features a combination of sand dunes and hills with state-of-the-art racetracks, mobile food trucks, and dedicated areas for children, state news agency WAM reported.

The site also has a heritage village, theatre, souq, a shop dedicated to camping supplies, an exclusive area for traditional and modern games, trailer-equipped yards, extensive parking space and a sandy racecourse for ATV.

It will also host the Tilal Swaihan Festival for car racing enthusiasts and professionals, the first round of which will run from Friday with subsequent rounds being held in early 2019.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC and president of the organising committee of Tilal Swaihan Camp, said: "Tilal Swaihan is unique for blending local resources and the rich culture of the area with best international tourism amenities and world-class facilities for sand sports and cultural events. The first edition of the festival will provide an unforgettable experience to visitors, through the activities and events accompanying it."

He added: "The project is expected to contribute to the preservation of the local environment and enhance the tourism assets of the area, in accordance with special conditions and standards to be adhered to by visitors. These conditions will prevent damage to the environment and contribute to order within the camps."

Salem Rashed Al Ketbi, executive director of the Northern Sector, Al Ain Municipality, said: "The Tilal Swaihan camp will offer a range of services and amenities designed to meet the highest international standards, so that it can promote itself as a ‘complete’ destination that meets the leisure and recreational needs of the community, while engaging adventure enthusiasts and encouraging domestic tourism, for the larger development goals of the region."

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