Just desert re­treats

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If the break­neck speed of city life and blue lights of com­puter and phone screens are dulling your shine, the Alma Re­treat at Be­douin Oa­sis, Ras Al Khaimah, is a great way to un­plug, be at one with na­ture and re­cal­i­brate. Over the week­end stay in tented camps, eat or­ganic food by Detox De­light and Green­heart Or­ganic Farms and par­tic­i­pate in yoga, med­i­ta­tion and cre­ative work­shop pro­grammes by Soul Art Cen­ter and oth­ers. The next re­treat is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 2-4 and starts from Dh3,300 per per­son. Visit al­mare­treat.com.

Or you can turn up the vol­ume – deserts make great venues for full-moon par­ties, too. Anan­tara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Re­sort is host­ing one on Fe­bru­ary 10 in the moon­lit dunes of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quar­ter, fol­lowed by overnight camp­ing. Dh350 per per­son gets you a bar­be­cue din­ner around a crack­ling bon­fire and a DJ play­ing hits. You need to bring in your own camp­ing gear, but if pitch­ing tents isn’t your forte the ho­tel has a Pre­mium pack­age from Dh1,999 per night for two in a Deluxe Gar­den Room at the re­sort. Com­pli­men­tary 4x4 shut­tle ser­vice from the re­sort to the camp­site will be pro­vided. For 21-year-olds and above only; email even­tqas@anan­tara.com.

Top: Alma Re­treat at Be­douin Oa­sis, Ras Al Khaimah. Be­low: Anan­tara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Re­sort

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