One of the surprising adventures I’ve experienced in Dubai is the Hatta Mountain Safari tour. We kept postponing this trip due to the (un)availability of our schedules. I was still new at the office and given that I only have one day off, it’s a challenge to find a perfect day to pursue this trip. Still I’m glad that it pushed through.
Hatta Tour in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
April 30, 2013
Dubai Hatta Tour
Passing through Oman borders to reach Hatta where you will see the rocky mountains
The trip was purchased through a discounted deal online, but we still paid an extra 150 Dirhams as it was only us and the driver inside the vehicle. This made it even better as it felt like a private tour since we had the vehicle all to ourselves! Here are a few things you can expect from this trip.
Dubai: Hatta Mountain Safari Tour Highlights
Visit to the Sand Dunes of Sharjah
I experienced the Dubai Desert Safari in an earlier time, but I noticed the difference between that common tourist activity compared to going farther from the metro. This location is a lot better as there are lesser plants and more sand! You can really feel how vast the desert is from here. It seemed like we had the place all to ourselves.
We rented a buggy for 30 minutes, for 350 Dirhams (ouch), and had a blast driving through the sand. My first attempt I stepped on full throttle that the attendants had to run and advise me not to drive too fast as we might topple over.
Desert Sand Dunes!
Riding a buggy and enjoying the ride in Dubai desert
Swimming in a Natural Pool in Wadi Khaffi
As we drove further, I could see the landscape changing from the soft sandy dunes to the rough mountainous rocks. We went for stopover and our guide told us that we could dip in the fresh water pool below. I was surprised to see that a body of water existed here. I thought the place was all dry.
natural swimming pool
We couldn’t resist but swim in the fresh and cool water. It’s perfect for a sunny weather as you beat the desert heat! We wanted to stay longer but we had to leave.
Had to take a dip!
Hanging Out at Hatta Mountains
We finally arrived at the Hatta Mountain. It was very peaceful at the time with only one other person in the area. It has a little resemblance of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines (which I’ve never been to) because there’s a body of water around rocks.
Our guide informed us that during weekends, the place is filled with locals having picnics. Now it was bare. Another perfect time to have the place to ourselves!
rocky mountains in the background
Walking Tour of Hatta Heritage Village
The last stop was visiting a Hatta Heritage Village. This was another welcome treat. Learning about the life and culture of Arabs in the past and being in an actual village felt like I was there in the old times.
old set up of Hatta
It’s an educational do-it-yourself walking tour wherein you can walk at your own pace and explore the area. It had a quiet atmosphere. At times I got scared because nobody was inside the rooms, but when we opened them, lights would suddenly turn on. Sometimes a statue of a person would be staring at us and I initially thought that they were real people. hehe.
inside Hatta Heritage village
So these are the main highlights of our Hatta Mountain Tour in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Will write a more extensive blog post about each highlight in the coming months.
Dubai Hatta Tour
Regular Cost: 300 AED per person
Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm.
Tour Guide: Shahzad Ahmad
Mobile Number: +971 56 2318281, +971 52 7866550
Check out my other posts about our Hatta Mountain Tour here:
- Dubai Hatta Mountain Safari Tour Highlights
- Dubai, UAE: Driving a Desert Buggy in Lahbab, Sharjah
- Dubai, UAE: Swimming in Wadi Al Qahfi
- Dubai, UAE: Quick Stop at the Hatta Mountains
- Dubai, UAE: Hatta Heritage Village Tour
Check out my other Dubai articles here:
- My Dubai Desert Safari Adventure Experience
- First Time to Ride an Emirates Boeing 777 Plane
- Now Blogging in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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