Joanna at Hatta Dam
Joanna at Hatta Dam

Experience Hatta: Unleash Adventure in UAE’s Hidden Gem!


A couple at Hatta Dam
Joanna and Nathaniel at Hatta Dam

Hatta is an ideal day journey getaway, situated in the United Arab Emirates at the base of the Hajar Mountains. As an exclave of Dubai, it’s conveniently located about an hour away from Dubai city. The town is uniquely positioned, separated from the main part of the emirate by territory belonging to Sharjah, which is part of the UAE, as well as Oman.

A couple at Hatta Dam
Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Dam

How to Get to Hatta?

No matter in what vehicle you choose to drive to Hatta Mountain, be it a Land Cruiser or a Hummer, your weekend tour to Hatta will only take you about 1 hour (105km from Dubai International Airport) from Dubai city. Revel in a scenic drive through the rugged terrains of Oman, before reaching Hatta village. It is highly advisable that you carry your passport with you while crossing checkpoints.

Activities in Hatta

Explore the Magnificent Hatta Heritage

Hatta Heritage Village
Hatta Heritage Village

The Emirati people take great pride in preserving their culture and historical sites, with one of the most renowned being the small museum that transports you back to the mid-19th century. The area is meticulously maintained and organized, offering a clean and refreshing atmosphere that enhances your experience of everything it has to offer.

For the best experience, I recommend visiting on weekdays when you can fully appreciate the beauty of the historic houses and immerse yourself in their traditions. Weekdays typically offer quieter and more conducive conditions for exploring the area and gaining insight into Emirati heritage.

Mountain Biking and Hiking at Hatta Wadi Hub

It is the region’s newest and most exciting opportunity for enthusiasts looking for both challenging and inspiring rides across Dubai’s largest and most dynamic national park. The mountainous area of Hatta is home to multiple cross-country cycle routes each of various grades that cater to all levels of ability from beginners through to experienced riders.

Kayaking on Hatta Dam

Kayaking area at Hatta Dam
Kayaking area at Hatta Dam

Experience the tranquility of kayaking on the serene lake created by the Hatta Dam, conveniently accessible from the Sedr Trailers Resort. Embrace the water with our kayaking packages, which can be easily booked through reception. Additionally, indulge in other water activities like pedalos and water bikes for added enjoyment. To ensure a seamless experience, we recommend booking in advance to avoid any potential queues. Remember to wear appropriate footwear and sports clothing to prioritize safety during all outdoor adventures.

Hatta Kayak Timings:

  • Sunday to Thursday : 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday to Saturday    : 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Visit Hatta Hill Park

A couple in front of the Hatta Hill Park signboard
Nathaniel and Joanna in front of the Hatta Hill Park

Explore the scenic Hatta Hill Park situated atop Hatta hill, offering free entry all year round. Delight in its verdant surroundings, meticulously maintained gardens, and tranquil atmosphere. The park boasts a playground for children and a sparkling swimming pool, perfect for families seeking outdoor recreation. Many visitors flock to the park for enjoyable BBQ sessions, adding to its lively vibe. Although there are no dining options nearby, the park’s central location in the heart of the town makes it easily accessible for all.

A couple at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Hill Park
A man in a grey shirt at the watchtower in Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel at the watchtower in Hatta Hill Park
A couple on the watchtower at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel at Joanna on the watchtower at Hatta Hill Park


Our journey to Hatta, the UAE’s hidden gem, was truly unforgettable. The highlights of our trip, including the breathtaking Hatta Dam and the picturesque Hatta Hill Park, left us in awe of the natural beauty surrounding us. From serene moments by the water to exhilarating adventures in the hills, Hatta offered us a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. If you’re seeking a unique getaway filled with beauty and adventure, look no further than Hatta!

Hello Adventurers! Explored the village of Hatta? Drop a quick comment with your experiences or hidden gems.

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Nathaniel Amoyen is co-founder of Joanathx. Full-time ex-pat worker at day and writer at night.

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20 Responses

  1. Places rich in our history albeit distant, truly magical and beautiful and which deserve to be visited more

  2. There’s so much fun stuff to see and do! I loved the photos. It makes me want to go out and travel some place.

  3. Britt K says:

    I have never heard of Hatta before this but it looks like an amazing place to visit! I am a huge fan of outdoor travel destinations (hiking, kayaking, etc.), plus my husband and I both love history. This would be an ideal vacation getaway for us! The best of everything we love…

  4. This looks like a great place for a holiday. I’ll have to add it to my bucket list of places to visit.

  5. Following the Rivera says:

    Hatta looks like an interesting day trip. I’ve only connected through the UAE so it’s good to read about other places.

  6. Mark says:

    It was a really nice place and all the photo was amazing, I hope someday I will go there and visit, thank you for sharing.

  7. When I think about the Arab Emirates and Dubai, I think about gold, sand, dessert, but not mountains. So, thank you for bringing mountains and dams. Hatta seems to be a cool place to visit.

  8. Lovely says:

    Hatta is such a great place. Hope you had a fun journey!


  9. rachel says:

    This looks like a truly beautiful place to visit!

  10. Sarina says:

    Looks like a fascinating day trip, thank you for sharing the pictures as well!

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