Joanna at Hatta Dam
Joanna at Hatta Dam

Hatta Hideaway: Discovering UAE’s Hidden Gem

About Hatta

Joanna and Nathaniel at Hatta Dam
Joanna and Nathaniel at Hatta Dam

Hatta as an ideal day journey getaway. Hatta is a town in the United Arab Emirates located in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. It is an exclave of Dubai and is located about an hour from Dubai city. It is separated from the main part of the emirate by territory belonging to Sharjah (which is part of the UAE), and Oman.

Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Dam
Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Dam

How to reach 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.

What activities you can do in Hatta?

The Magnificent Hatta Heritage

Hatta Heritage Village
Hatta Heritage Village

The Emirati people reproved their cultures and historical site. One of the famous knowns is the small museum which you will take you back to the mid 19s. The area was well maintained and organized. It is clean and fresh in such a manner that you enjoy everything they have to offer.

We would suggest that if possible to go on weekdays much better to see the beauty of the historic houses and eventually their traditions.

I would suggest if possible to go on weekdays so you can have a better view of historic houses and see all their traditions.

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

Hatta Dam Kayaking Area
Hatta Dam Kayaking Area

Kayaking on the lake formed by the Hatta Dam is easily accessible from the Sedr Trailers Resort. Enjoy being on the water with Kayaking packages available to book from reception. Other water activities are also available to enjoy such as pedalo and water bikes. Please book in advance to avoid any queues.

Appropriate shoes and sports clothing are a must for safety during any outdoor activities.

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

Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Hill Park

Hatta Hill Park is a nice park that exists on Hatta hill. Entry is free and it is open throughout the year. It has well-maintained trees and gardens. The park has a children’s play area and also a swimming pool. Most of the people are coming to the park for BBQ activities. There are no restaurants available near the park. The park location is good which is in the heart of the town.

Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel and Joanna at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel at Hatta Hill Park
Nathaniel 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.

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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