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“Let’s go beach camping,” exclaims my 11-year-old, with the enthusiasm – and volume – of an eager child ready to jump into the massive Hummer H3 with her boogie board and fins. Sure, but where? It used to be that the public had access to the marvellous beaches of the Arabian Gulf, and as a family we have wonderful memories of swimming and camping on unspoilt beaches – but, alas, construction of hotels, resorts and private weekend villas has almost completely closed access to the beautiful natural beaches of the region, which affects all in the UAE – citizens, residents, visitors and especially future generations.
“Dead Turtle Beach”, as we now call it since chancing across a dead sea turtle there, is a pristine wilderness site, sandwiched between an oil installation to its west and a private island to its east. It should be a smelly, decaying mangrove swamp, filled with all sorts of bloodsucking insects and with a tidal flat beach stretching several hundred metres that would leave salty mud during low tide.
However, a fortunate stroke of engineering development for once has made a positive difference to the entire area.
The clear blue waters are shallow and calm enough for children to play in safely, and further out this deep-blue canal is ideal for swimming.
But I’m also not one to forego a little driving fun on the beach!
We reach Dead Turtle Beach by leaving Abu Dhabi on the E11 motorway that leads westward to Sila, Al Ruwais and Liwa, and the turn-off to your right is clearly signposted to Al Dibbeiya and is at waypoint 1. Follow the GPS track and the map I provide, as the road may seem to enter an industrial oil area, which is off-limits, but actually you can skirt around it.
Download the KML file for your GPS by clicking here. Once downloaded, you can import the file into your GPS device and take it on the road, or double-click that file and it will open automatically in Google Earth if you have that installed (all adventurers should! Google Earth).
And here is an interactive map of the route.
View Dibbeiya Beach in a larger map
Please read the original article: Finding the best beach camping spots in the UAE. Published by The National, Mar 20, 2010.
Or view a pdf file of the original article here, as published in The National.
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