Bab al Nojoum Hudayriyat Island over water villas

What to Expect at Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat – Glamping to Luxury Villas

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

From tent camping to luxury villas, what exactly is Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat in Abu Dhabi?

Bab Al Nojoum first burst into Abu Dhabi’s tourism and outdoor adventure scene in late 2020 with one of the country’s first urban campsite concepts, along with glamping chalets and unique glamping vans on Hudayriyat Island.

They have since opened two more sites in Abu Dhabi emirate, one in Al Mugheirah on Al Mirfa Beach (Western Region, approximately 90 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi), and a third recently opened deep in the Liwa Desert – Bab Al Nojoum Bateen Liwa Resort, approximately 2.5 hours drive from the city.

The most recent extension on Hudayriyat Island opened in January 2024 and brings a unique new offering to luxury seekers in Abu Dhabi – Ocean View and Over Water private villas.

In this guide to Bab Al Nojoum, we’re going to focus on the property on Hudayriyat Island, which is only minutes from the city of Abu Dhabi. However, you could be a world away from this island retreat. We’ll help you compare the offerings at the glamping and camping site versus the new luxury villas so you can choose the type of waterfront escape that suits you best.

Bab Al Nojoum Camping & Glamping

This original camping and glamping wing of Bab Al Nojoum has been around for a few years now, setting the stage for what is now a burgeoning tourism scene in the UAE – glamping!!

The campground site, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, consists of a variety of basic tents with shared camp facilities, through to luxury chalets with private, temperature-controlled pools that can sleep up to 6.

Here’s a little peak at what to expect with each accommodation offering:

Camping at Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat

Basic camping at Hudayriyat starts very basic indeed; you get a tent on the campsite and access to all the shared facilities, such as clean, shared bathrooms, wifi, BBQ pits and stoves for cooking. You can add towels and mattresses to your booking but will need bring your own sleeping bags.

Tents range from single-person to quadruples, with a variety of garden and ocean views. They also offer a slightly more ‘luxurious’ Wave Tent where the bedding is provided and raised off the ground, but you’re still in the heart of the campground action with your own sun loungers and uninterrupted beach views.

It is possible to reserve ‘private plots’ at the campground, too, which is a selection of tents sharing the same communal area and fenced off. They can be set aside just for your group, accommodating between 12 to 28 guests sleeping (or 18 to 36, including day visitors).

Glamping Mobile Homes

For a unique stay, Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat also offers the choice of booking mobile homes/campervans. These have been set up inside two converted VW Combi vans ‘Waghi 1 & 2’, and a vintage Landrover Defender, ‘Blazar’.

They offer the best location in the resort on the beachfront and are close to all the amenities on offer at the campsite. You don’t get private bathrooms, but you have an unbeatable view!

Luxury Duplex and Chalet Tents

If canvas tents, sleeping bags and shared bathrooms don’t quite feel like your thing, but you love the campsite atmosphere, next up, you’ll want to check out the chalet tents and duplex tents on offer.

The Chalets at Al Hudayriyat can sleep up to 6 people and offer both kitchen and bathroom facilities (with free-flowing aircon!). Included with your stay, you can enjoy your own temperature-controlled pool if you don’t fancy taking a dip in the ocean on your doorstep.

Then there are two and four-bed duplex tents. These also offer self-catering facilities and living areas inside the tent, ensuite bathroom and a private pool and terrace.

The Duplex Tents and Chalets are in a separate wing to the campgrounds.

When it comes to dining at Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat, you have the choice between self-catering, or you can take advantage of the on-site dining options, including 28 Degrees casual eatery, Layala Bat and Bahr Bar.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, staff can even set you up a special candlelit dinner for two.

Guests are invited to disconnect and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle at Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat, but for convenience, there’s free wifi throughout.

A daily program of activities is on offer, though it should be noted during school term times, at least, as it’s pretty quiet midweek. Most of the fun and action happens at the weekends, Friday through Sunday.

It is recommended that you book well in advance for winter weekends.

See TripAdvisor reviews for Bab Al Nojoum Camping

Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat Villas

The latest extension to Bab Al Nojoum really steps up the luxury and service you can expect to receive. A collection of 17 stand-alone oceanfront villas and 14 overwater villas awaits guests.

It is very important to note the distinction between the luxury villas and the glamping concepts; they are frankly worlds apart!

The only interaction most guests will have between the two is that ocean swimming can only take place in front of the glamping section. This is because the water in front of the extension is currently a government-protected marine area, so you won’t be swimming immediately adjacent to the villas, but rather enjoying the ocean views.

You have a completely separate check-in area with valet service and will be whisked away to your accommodation by cart service for your exclusive stay.

Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat Ocean Front Villas

The one bedroom villas can accommodate up to 3 guests (with sofa bed) whilst the two bedroom villas can accommodate up to 5 people. Each bedroom is fitted with an en suite with Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, and you will have a small living room and kitchenette with tea and coffee facilities.

Outside, there are multiple seating options, from poolside loungers and a hammock to the in-pool lounges and sunset seating gazebo.

Guests staying at the luxury villas can opt for a la carte dining or all-inclusive at the onsite fine dining restaurant, La Cocinna. The all-inclusive package includes drinks from the restaurant but does not include the mini-bar (you can request the mini bar be removed if you wish).

view from the ocer water villas at Hudayroyat ba al nojoum back to the restaurant
Bridge from reception and restaurant to the new overwater villas
view of the over water villas from the ocean villas
View from the Ocean View Villas to the Over Water Villas

You also get complete access to all the Bab Al Nojoum camping facilities, so swim on the private beach, join the nightly movies or bonfire and take advantage of the non-motorized sports and beach games program.

Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat Over Water Villas

Similar to the Ocean View Villas, the Over Water Villas come with 1 and 2-bedroom offerings, the latter being the largest and most luxurious at the property.

Villas with odd numbers have a commanding view of the city skyline, while even numbers look out onto the remote Abu Dhabi islands in the Persian Gulf.

The overwater villas definitely give out distinct Maldivian vibes without the need for a 4-hour flight! The crystal clear blue waters offer ideal marine life spotting opportunities and dreamy views back to the city skyline of Abu Dhabi.

Secluded and discreet, they make the perfect romantic spot in Abu Dhabi.

You can, of course, book the larger ‘family-sized’ 2-bedroom villas. However, as parents with young kids ourselves, we suggest you be mindful that kids are strictly prohibited from jumping off the pool ledges and balconies into the ocean below; stopping them from doing this could be a stressful and ongoing challenge you could do without.

We’d personally recommend that families keep to the Bab al Nojoum Ocean View villas and leave the overwater villas to couples!

See TripAdvisor Reviews For Bab Al Nojoum Villas

Other Bab Al Nojoum Properties in Abu Dhabi Emirate

Carrying on with their philosophy of “Love Life Outside”, there are a further two unique Bab Al Nojoum properties in their portfolio you should definitely have your eye on for unique Abu Dhabi adventures beyond the city:

bab al najoum private villas

Bab Al Nojoum Bateen Liwa – situated around 2.5 hours from the city, this all-villa resort is nested deep in the sand dunes of the Liwa Desert. Consisting of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom villas, all with private pools, you can self-cater within your villa, enjoy a private chef or dine at the resort and enjoy the shared recreation facilities.

Book it here | See TripAdvisor reviews

Bab AL Nojoum Al Mugheirah Resort air stream trailer

Bab Al Nojoum Al Mugheirah – found on the Al Marfa coast of Abu Dhabi, 90 minutes west of the city, the glamping site here is set just 100 metres off Al Mirfa Beach. Accommodations range from airstream trailers to converted container ‘suites’ with 1 and 2 bedrooms, offering guests their own private pool and fire pit with self-catering facilities.

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Use this handy map to locate where each of the Bab Al Nojoum properties are in comparison to each other:

The city of Abu Dhabi sits approximately 1 hour west of Dubai city, and 1.5 hours from DXB airport. For the time estimates given to the regional properties, add at least 60 minutes more coming from Dubai.

You will ideally have access to your own car, and you will need to drive while in the UAE to access these more remote properties. Alternatively, you can seek out services, such as Get Transfer, if you are looking to locate a driver willing to take you there and back.


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We hope our guide has helped you understand exactly what to expect across the Bab Al Nojoum portfolio and, specifically, the different accommodation offerings at their Hudayriyat Island property. Whether it’s the simplicity of camping next to the beach you seek or an uber-romantic occasion to celebrate with some of the city’s premier views, Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat has you covered.


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