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Desert nesting is now a thing in Dubai

The eco-friendly overnight experience will soon be launched by the team behind Sonara Camp.

Before came the imitators, Sonara Camp pioneered the perfect blend of escapism and fine dining with a side of sustainability, inviting guests deep into Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for an evening like no other. Now, the award-winning team at Nara Desert Escapes – which offers both glamping and sunset dinners – is gearing up to introduce a concept known as ‘desert nesting’.

Announced at Arabian Travel Market 2022 and launching this September, The Nest by Sonara promises to be a unique and eco-friendly overnight experience. Imagined and designed by architect Gianni Ranaulo, the 14 Sonara desert nests blend organically into the Arabian desert, sitting peacefully amongst the dunes and echoing the majesty of the surrounding Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Each nest comes complete with a dreamy bedroom area, private ensuite bathrooms, an outdoor majlis for enjoying the sunset, and your own dedicated mudeef who will ensure the most memorable nesting experience.

Guests can check-in with a welcome drink and nibbles before grazing through the curated tapas menu from Chef Franck Sanna and sipping from the complimentary mini bar. Upon arrival, guests will be served Syrian olives and pickles alongside tapenade with a delicate pastry flute. The full tapas menu features an array of delicious dishes including wood-oven cooked pizzas with Spanish toppings, UAE shrimps à la plancha with garlic, and rouille mousseline, Niçoise-style stuffed vegetables, wagyu beef sliders, lobster rolls, Mediterranean baos, and paella-style black rice with roast vegetables.

For the sweetest of endings, desserts include chocolate and pistachio pie, strawberries dressed with basil and Syrian olive oil, and apple crumble with red berries. Guests will also have the option to spend the evening at the neighbouring Sonara Camp to enjoy sunset and dinner via the dedicated sand shuttle. The latest in a string of openings by Nara founder Stephanie Reichenbach, The Nest by Sonara takes the evolution of camping to glamping to new heights with the nesting concept while respecting the authenticity of its surroundings. 

GO: Visit www.nara.ae/nara-escape for more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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