Things to do in Hatta

Hatta is an inland exclave that is nestled in the Hajar Mountain near Dubai. Over the last few years, the area has become a popular summer destination for the locals as well as tourist who want a break from Dubai’s heat and humidity. Hatta is home to places like the Heritage Village, military towers, and the Hatta Fort Hotel.


Planning a trip but not sure about the things to do in United Arab Emirates? It is highly recommended that you reserve one weekend for Hatta that is an inland exclave 248 km east of Dubai. There are so many things to do in Hatta that include exploring the local topography and learning about the history of the place. Hatta has an old village that is home to military towers that date back to the 18th century and are constructed in a unique manner. The Jama Mosque of the area was constructed back in 1780 and is said to be one of the oldest buildings of the region. Hatta is accessible by local taxis and it is recommended that you carry your passport to be safe. The hotel in the area is excellent and has various amenities that will make your vacation truly memorable. Some of the other things to do in Hatta include visiting the local dam that was built to prevent the village from floods that occur due to excessive rain water. The Hill Park is another recommended spot that is a great place for family barbecues and bird watching.

Hatta mountains

Hatta is a small enclave that is located almost an hour away from Dubai and has become a popular tourist destination over the number of years. The locals pack their bags and head to Hatta in order to enjoy the summer breeze and escape from Dubai’s sweltering heat. It is said that Hatta became an exclave of Dubai in the 19th century when the village was given to Sheikh Rashid of Dubai by Turki bin Said the ruler of Oman and Muscat. You can easily reach the place in a car or taxi. If you want to travel in a bus, you should head to the Gold Souk bus station in Deira and prepare yourself for a one hour ride. Hatta has local taxis, so getting around in the area is not an issue and the ride will cost roughly 50 AED per hour on average. Some of the most popular places to visit in Hatta include Hatta Dam, Hatta Heritage Village, Hatta Hill Park, Hatta Rock Pools, and the Hafeet Mountain. If you want to explore the true Emirati culture make sure that you visit all the above mentioned points of interest with your family and friends.


Hatta Dam

Hatta Dam

Thinking about the things to do United Arab Emirates? Visit the Hatta Dam and explore the nearby areas. Hatta is an inland exclave of Dubai and is located on the Hajar Mountains and the place is famous amongst the locals of Dubai, who like to spend time there during the summer in order to escape of the desert. Hatta Dam lies 115 kilometers south east of Dubai and has been a famous tourist attraction since the 1980’s.

There are so many things to do in Hatta Dam, as people visit Hatta with their families in order to go ‘wadi-bashing’ between the tracks of Al-Ain, Mahdah, and Hatta. In order to reach the place you can rake the S 112/ Maliha Road and follow the E 102 route. You need your passport to travel to Hatta and the entire journey takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. You should know that the Hatta is located relatively high in the Hajar Mountainsn and you will see a signboard at the Hatta Heritage Village that will guide you towards the dam. Make sure you do visit the place because the view of the green water from the mountain is worth it!


Hatta Heritage Village

Hatta Heritage Village

Visiting the Hatta Heritage Village should be on top of the list of things to do in United Arab Emirates. The place is basically a reconstruction of a traditional mountain village and is located in the Al Hajar Mountains in Dubai. Originally the house and the mosque in the heritage village were made with palm tree trunks, reeds, stone, and mud and the village consists of 30 buildings that date back to 1960’s and have been done in the traditional Emirati style.

The village opened up for the public in 2001 and is looked after by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. You will mesmerized by the simplicity of the barsati (palm leaf) buildings, traditional court yard house, and the majlis (meeting room). Some of the things to do in the Hatta Heritage Village include looking at the local handicrafts, dresses, weaponry, palm tree products, and enjoying the amazing Arabic music. You must visit the defensive tower that dates back to 1880 and has doors that are 2.5 meters above the ground and had to be accessed with the help of ropes. The place operates from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays


Hatta Hill Park

The Hatta Hill Park is one of the main tourist areas just outside Dubai that consists of lush greenery on the mountains that is ideal for picnics and gatherings. In order to facilitate tourism, the management has made separate barbecue area on the hills that has shaded area and beautiful wooden benches. If you are fond of nature, you can talk a walk at the mountain walkway and enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

Some of the other things to do in Hatta Hill Park include visiting the children’s play area and the sport yards. In order to beat the heat, you can even swim at the Hatta pools that will surely add to the overall experience. The best way to explore the entire area is to walk around and observe the local architecture that consists of different buildings, a mosque, and different forts. The Hatta Hill Park is open from 8 am till 8.30 pm from Saturdays to Thursdays and from 2.30 pm till 8.30 pm on Fridays. Make sure that you add visiting the Hatta Hill Park is in your list of things to do in United Arab Emirates.


Hatta Rock Pools

Hatta Rock Pools

Planning a vacation and wondering about the things to do in United Arab Emirates? Start by making a list and make sure that you add Hatta Rock Pools to it. Hatta is basically an enclave in Dubai that is located in the Al Hajar Mountains. The locals love visiting the place during summers due to the area’s cool dry climate that gives them a break from the intense heat of Dubai. Swimming in the Hatta rock pools is an amazing experience and you will fall in love with the beautiful waterfalls and the small canyon.

Be careful when walking in the area, as the terrain consists of rocky passages that consist of waterfalls and pools. The place is only an hour away from Dubai and the desert mountains will surely take your breath away. The area has individual chalet styled rooms, a landscaped garden, an open air restaurant, a golf course, tennis courts, shooting area, beauty salon, a gift shop, and a fine dining area that will make your trip memorable. There are so many things to do in Hatta Rock pools, as you can also set out to enjoy desert safari and mountain riding.


Hafeet Mountain

Hafeet Mountain

If you are planning to take a vacation in the Middle East, you should definitely add visiting the Hafeet Mountains in your list of things to do in United Arab Emirates. The mountain is located near the border of Oman and has become a popular tourist destination over the years. The mountain rises to a height of 4,098 ft and will provide you an aerial view f the entire city, which is something that you should not miss out on.

Make sure you visit the Green Mubazarrah that is located in the foothills of the Jabal Hafeet and is a popular tourist destination that consists of Jacuzzis, swimming pools, and a wide range of wild animals like foxes, snakes, and bats. The Jabal Ḥafeeṫ Mountain Road rises to a height of 4000 feet and is stretched over 11.7 km and caters to the annual Jabal Hafeet Mercure Challenge that is a cycling competition. The things to do in Hafeet Mountain include visiting the foothills that is said to have over 500 ancient burial tombs that are almost five centuries old. Do visit the place when in UAE because you will love the amazing road that will give you an excellent view of the desert and the rest of the terrain.