Situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat.


An exclusive low-rise resort in the desert surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural desert landscape, Bab Al Shams offers guests a one of its kind traditional desert experience that is true to the culture and heritage of Dubai and the UAE.

With its literal translation from Arabic meaning “gateway to the sun”, Bab Al Shams is built in an Arabic fort setting in and around an oasis. Inside the walls, shaded courtyards, walkways and water features provide cool shelter and maintain the unique ambience and atmosphere.

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the desert, adjacent to Dubai International Endurance City, yet is just a 40-minute drive from the city of Dubai and only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

For those seeking a unique desert experience within easy reach of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa presents the ideal destination. Offering the ultimate in comfort and entertainment, at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa your experience will be enhanced by history, splendor and magnificence.



1. Winter Stay vacation

Just like an oasis in the heart of the desert, we offer you an unforgettable experience and location for a truly memorable Summer getaway. Effortlessly combining an authentic Arabian setting with modern comfort and luxurious amenities, the best staycation experience is just a drive away.

UAE Residents enjoy 15% discount on room rates across all room types inclusive of breakfast at Al Forsan, unlimited leisure activities, access to Spa and children’s club.

2. All inclusive – Sensation Package

On November 11th, Sensation returns to Dubai, but this time to a new epic location, the Bab Al Shams Event Arena. If you are seeking for the ultimate in luxury within your Sensation experience, you can book your stay at the resort situated right next to the venue. This exclusive lavishing low-rise resort is surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural landscape. Located only minutes away from all of action at the Bab al Shams Event Arena, this unique travel package offers guests a one of a kind traditional Dubai experience.

Your package includes:
  • 2 nights stay (minimum, only double rooms) including breakfast
  • Sensation Deluxe entrance ticket
  • Special Sensation gift

3. Extended Stay with Breakfast

Book your stay at Bab Al Shams for 3 nights or more get a 20% discount on the best available room rate in any of our rooms or suites. The offer includes the following:

  • Buffet breakfast
  • 20 % discount on the best available room rate
  • Minimum of 3 nights required
  • Best available rate will apply if the booking is changed to less than 3 nights
  • ates are subject to 10% service charge, 10% municipality fees and Tourism Dirham Fee of AED20 per bedroom per night


Bab Al Shams Brings Back The Perfect Way to Kick Off The Weekend


Join the family style Friday Brunch laid outdoor and indoor with live cooking stations & free flowing beverages, and beautifully laid children’s buffet.

Al Forsan invites you to spend an amazing friday with your beloved ones, amused by all our games and activities such as face painting, pet zoo, bouncing castle, camel & pony riding. Enjoy great moments while our magicians and jugglers showcase their best moves.

Entertainment & Activities:
  • International DUO
  • Food Competition
  • Ladies can enjoy from 12:30 to 13:30 free Flow of sparkling
  • AED 345 per person inclusive of soft drinks , still water & four selection of fresh juices
  • AED 505 per person inclusive of selected house beverages
  • AED 715 per person unlimited bubbly

Children between 5 to 12 years old AED 175 & children below 4 years old dine free of charge

Dance like a star in our Latino Night at Al Forsan


Join us in our Latino Night every Thursday starting this 6th of October. Enjoy our themed sumptuous buffet, All-You-Can-Eat Churrasco Grill, while our professionals dancers entice you and your partner onto the dance floor.


AED 275 inclusive of soft drinks, water and four selection of fresh juices
AED 420 inclusive of alcoholic beverage & AED 640 Inclusive of unlimited champagne
AED 135 Children 5-12 years old & Children 4 years old below dine free

The One and Only Mughlai Saturday Brunch  Nestled at Masala Rooftop Lounge


This amazing new concept of Saturday Brunch at Masala Restaurant. You and your beloved ones can enjoy authentic Indian cuisine serve on your table, while listening to our traditional live band.

Entertainment & Activities:
  • Live fresh Lassi counter
  • Henna Art (Arti for Gents & Garlands for Ladies)
  • Ice Gola
  • Spice Souk

AED 225 (Inclusive of soft drinks water, welcome drink / Lassi)


 Day Use Package



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At Bab Al Shams you can Escape, Stay & Play even if it is just for the day. Book our day use package and enjoy access to our inspiring infinity pool, lunch, camel rides and lawn activities, ensuring that you have a chance to experience what Bab Al Shams has to offer.

AED 375: Pool package per adult with lunch in Al Forsan on weekdays
AED 500: Pool package per adult with lunch in Al Forsan on weekends and public holidays
50% Discount: Pool access per child 5-12 years old with or without lunch
Children 4 years old and below will be complimentary

For reservations or further information, please contact: Bab Al Shams Sports & Leisure department on 04 809 6167 or email

The reason for my visit: A fabulous wedding!






The Pros

  • Good traditional Arabic authentic feel
  • Feeling of space and being int he desert
  • Fun Arabian nights offer/experience
  • Cool pool
  • Lovely roof top bar (I am very partial to a good roof top bar)
  • Decent activities
  • Good value for money offers and rooms
  • Beautiful venue for a wedding

The Cons

  • Rooms are small and very dark
  • Nothing in surrounding area and I mean nothing