By Sam Bridge
Dubai Municipality says move allows camping enthusiasts and caravan owners in the emirate to enjoy the beach atmosphere throughout the year
Individuals can now use their caravans for camping on Dubai's beaches without incurring fees, Dubai Municipality has announced.
The decision was announced following directives by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
In a statement carried by state news agency WAM, Dawood Al Hajri, director-general of Dubai Municipality, confirmed that camping with caravans on Dubai beaches designated for this purpose has become free of charge and that permits can be available online on the Municipality website.
Al Hajri said that the move allows camping enthusiasts and caravan owners in the emirate to enjoy the beach atmosphere throughout the year, especially during the winter season.
Individuals who want to camp on the beach must obtain a permit from Dubai Municipality, prior to heading out to the designated camp sites, Al Hajri said.
Al Hajri added that the beach currently designated for camping activities is situated in Al Sufouh area, adjacent to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Street.
All public beaches in the Dubai have attained, for the third year in a row, the international accreditation of the Blue Flag programme, which confirms the commitment of Dubai Municipality to make all its beach facilities compatible with the standards required by the organisation.
Standards include water quality, environmental sustainability, safety and security equipment, environmental awareness and education, as well as facilities and services.