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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa

5 stars



Experience 1001 Arabian Nights...

A magical Arabian celebration awaits you as the sun sets on Al Hadheerah, amidst the enchanting desert dunes of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa. Immerse yourself in Arabian culture within the walls of a traditional fort where you will witness a dazzling falconry display, camel caravan, horse show as well as Tanoura dancer. Be entertained throughout the evening as mesmerising dancers weave their magic beneath the stars to the sounds of a live band. There is also no mistaking the mouth-watering aroma of Arabic cuisine as it drifts from the live cooking stations, wood-fired ovens and spit roasts.

Dinner: 7.00pm - 11.30pm
Show starts at 8.00pm and ends at 11:00pm

Housed in the idyllic oasis of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, this culinary institution brings the exotic flavours of India to the deserts of Arabia. Enjoy our extended menu which includes a selection of mouth-watering vegetarian options and authentic Indian cuisine
Lunch: 12.30pm - 3.30pm (Friday & Saturday)
Dinner: 7.00pm - 11.30pm
Closed on Sundays

Masala Rooftop Lounge - Now Open!
Join us every sunset at the all new Masala Rooftop Lounge where you can enjoy authentic Indian menu & hospitality. Enjoy an array of flavourful hookah (Indian Shisha) served with refreshing beverages overlooking the lush views of the resort.
Dinner: 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Closed on Sundays

Spend some quality time in a family atmosphere.

Overlooking the Arabian Desert, Al Forsan Restaurant offers a refreshing, friendly ambience for those who want to enjoy lunch or dinner with the family.
Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am
Breakfast: 6.30am – 11.00am (Friday & Saturday)
Lunch: 12.30pm – 4.00pm (Saturday to Thursday)
Dinner: 7.00pm – 11.00pm

A fusion of Arabic and Italian d'cor create a delightfully warm ambience – from aged wooden furniture shipped from Italy, to the traditional Arabian lanterns that add that rustic feel.

The pizza, is of course, freshly made and the – la carte menu is a selection of the region's finest specialities.

Operating as the outdoor seating area for Le Dune is Al Shurouq. This is the ideal place to relax in the open air majlis seating area while admiring stunning views of the boundless Arabian Desert.
Lunch: 12:30pm - 3:30pm (Friday & Saturday)
Dinner: 6:00pm - 11:30pm
Closed on Mondays

Overlooking the Arabian Desert, this two-storey rooftop lounge embraces a breath-taking view that boasts amazing vistas during sunset. The rich Arabian design in soft earth colours, dimmed lanterns for a cosy ambience and comfortable chairs and cushions, provide a friendly setting for a night to remember.

Enjoy your favourite drink with friends in intimate relaxing surroundings, whilst listening to the mellow sounds of the Oud player.

Shisha connoisseurs can enjoy their favourite flavours in a relaxing setting.

No reservations are necessary for Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge.
Al Sarab is open from 4.00pm to 1.00am

Indulge your taste buds with a delicious mix of light bites, bar snacks, pizzas and so much more on the Al Shurouq Rooftop Lounge. Located above Al Forsan restaurant, it's the ideal place to relax in the majlis seating areas while admiring stunning views of the boundless Arabian Desert.
Lunch 12:30pm - 3.30pm (Friday & Saturday)
Dinner 6pm - 11.30pm
Monday closed

Located next to the hotel lobby, the Ya Hala Bar reflects the traditional Arabic ambience of comfort, charm and hospitality.

Relax and settle down during afternoon tea, or with drinks and a snack from the a la carte menu, amidst the saddles and wooden furniture.

Make yourself comfortable with the traditional Arabic majlis seating which gives a feeling of a private Arabic home or unwind in the warm and friendly atmosphere of Ya Hala.
Daily happy hour 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Sunday to Wednesday 11.00am to 11.00pm
Thursday 11.00am to 1.00am
Friday 9.00am to 1.00am
Saturday 9.00am to 11.00pm

Cool off and chill out. An ideal place to unwind during the day, the swim up Pool Bar serves a selection of beverages around the pool area and offers a panoramic view of the desert.
Daily 9.00am to 8.00pm

Indulge your Senses.

While the children are taken care of at the Kids Club, why not spend a little time on you. The Satori Spa offers treatments for the sole purpose of relaxation and rejuvenation in luxurious comfort. And our highly skilled therapists and masseurs know just how to make your cares fade away.
Reception area
Indoor relaxation area
Outdoor relaxation area
2 Couple treatment room
2 individual treatment rooms
Fragranced steam room
Shower facilities
Outdoor yoga area
Tent message area
Sunbed message area at pool side

After a day in the sun, select one of our signature skin care programs or a rejuvenating massage, all of which are designed to balance, relax, revitalize, re-energize, detoxify, hydrate, de-stress or invigorate.

Your Leisure Escape
In the Heart of the Desert

As the gateway to the sun, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is renowned as a sanctuary of traditional Arabian comfort, peace and tranquillity.

Escape to a space of opportunity, adventure and reflection with a stay at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Ride through the desert by camel, crossing the sandy dunes before unwinding beside one of our cooling swimming pools. Watch the sunset and the stars emerge on our roof terrace and experience just how unique a stay in the desert can be.

If you are looking for action and adventure then book a Jeep desert drive. Experience the adrenaline pumping thrills and spills of your own exhilarating desert adventure.

Booking must be done 24hrs in advance.

During your desert stay what can be more fitting than a camel ride amongst the rolling dunes. At Bab Al Shams all hotel guests receive complimentary camel rides during sunset, a truly authentic Arabian experience. If you are just visiting for the day you can still enjoy a camel ride through the desert by booking a Camel Safari.
Booking must be done 2hrs in advance

Bab Al Shams is a renowned sanctuary of traditional Arabian comfort, peace and tranquillity. But for the more adventurous, there is a fantastic array of desert activities that can be enjoyed at the resort, which is located just 40 minutes from Dubai. In addition to camel riding, desert safari and falconry we also offer horse riding, archery, personal training sessions and a host of lawn games including table tennis, mini golf and croquet allowing you to make the most of your escape to adventure and luxury in the heart of the Dubai desert.

Booking must be done 2hrs in advance

One of the greatest things you can give a child is space - the space to grow and take on new adventures and when it comes around to their extra special day, we pull out all the stops to throw an unforgettable birthday party! Capture their imagination at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

Test your skills in a designated archery area within the resort and with a little expert tuition you can accomplish the skilful use of this old-age weapon.
Booking must be done 2hrs in advance

Aladdin's Kids Club at Bab Al Shams offers the ultimate desert adventure for your little ones. Our fully trained professional team are bursting with fun activities to ensure kids have the time of their life!

Children can get crafty with card making, face painting, origami and bracelet making or get active with great games including Twister, paper dance, musical statues and more. Your little ones can even chill out with movie time - after all having this much fun is tiring!

Join us daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm for a desert dream world of fun and adventure. All activities take place on-site within the spacious Bab Al Shams resort.

Aladdin's Kids Club is suitable for children aged 5-12. Children from 4 years and below must be accompanied by an adult or their guardian at all times. 

The 5-star Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa provides a unique desert experience, nestling in the Dunes of Dubai, UAE, built in an Arabic fort setting in and around an oasis. The Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa has 3 sparkling pools, a natural canal, a rustic heritage village, a palm glove and tropical gardens and present a choice of 113 elegant rooms and suites in varying size and design. Business and leisure visitors can enjoy superb business facilities, great dining options, sparkling pools and Spa facilities and access to external sports activities and thrilling excursions. Book into the terrific Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and immerse yourself in Arabic culture and hospitality.


Other services include 

  • 24 hour front desk
  • ATM Machine
  • Business Center
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry
  • Airport Transportation
  • Concierge


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