FROM HIKING TO BIKING, THERE’S MUCH TO EXPLORE IN HATTA
Craggy mountain peaks, crisp air and an untamed environment make the mountain enclave of Hatta the ideal spot for mountain bikers, adventurers and nature-lovers. From taming the rough terrain on a mountain bike, to tackling the teal waters by kayak, or simply exploring the cultural town by foot, there’s much to do just over an hour away from central Dubai.
Top Things to Do in Hatta:
Five official hiking routes have been mapped out and are in the process of being finalised. Advanced trekkers can venture into the rugged mountains for more challenges and some surprises. Before heading out, make sure you have all the right safety gear and equipment, and enough food to sustain you through what can be a strenuous, but thrilling, experience.
Hatta Mountain Trek (min 4 pax) – $75 for Adult/Child
The landscapes of Hatta possess some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the UAE. Enjoy the changing scenes from desert to mountain on your way into Hatta. Once there, head south towards the Hatta Dam, which is an indelible sight: calm turquoise waters set against the rough-hewn mountains.
Take a tour around the Village and you’ll see two watchtowers and a fort, as well as a mosque from olden times.
Visitors to Hatta can try something a bit different – kayaking through the vast Hatta lake (Hattakayak.com). Tourists and residents can rent kayaks or paddle boats from a kiosk at the reservoir for a relaxing ride across the clear waters of the turquoise-hued lake, where they’ll encounter natural inhabitants including fish and birds. You can venture into unseen areas through curved passageways hidden behind the mountains and not visible from the reservoir viewpoint.
There’s possibly no better way to experience the meandering pathways of hills, wadis and farmland than from the back of a mountain bike. Multiple trails for beginner to advanced-level riders have been set up by the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre, an initiative backed by Dubai Municipality. The trails are free to ride and are self-guided with clear markers.