What to do in Hatta

Tired of a desert and beaches? Why don't you visit Hatta - the UAE's best mountain destination - where you can go camping, hiking, biking, horse riding, or even discover the world of bees. Here is our complete guide to Hatta: what to do, where to stay, when to go, what to eat, and how to get there.

Hatta is quickly becoming a favorite destination for outdoor activities. Few years ago the options were limited to hiking, off-road riding, and swimming in wadis. Now, with the Hatta Wadi Hub, the area is booming and attracting not only nature lovers but also families and sport enthusiasts. Let's start our Hatta guide with the attractions!


WHAT TO DO IN HATTA


When it comes to attractions in the area, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here is the list of places and things worth visiting or doing while you are in a neighborhood.


Hatta Wadi Hub:

Hatta Wadi Hub (open from 07:00 to 22.00 daily between October till 30th April 2021) is everything you need in one place. You can easily bring your whole family here and everyone will find something to do. Hatta Wadi Hub offers camping spots for your comfort and peace of mind. There is 24 hrs security, a BBQ area, free parking, food trucks, washrooms, shower facilities, wi-fi, and many other attractions just a short walk away. When it comes to activities there is plenty to choose from:

  • Mountain Biking - just behind the Hatta Wadi Hub you can find the beginning of The Hatta Trails, the region's newest MTB trails. The mountainous area has multiple cross-country cycle routes of various grades to fit everyone from beginners through to experienced riders. The trails are free to ride. You can bring your own bike or rent one from the Hubbers Bike Shop. Don't forget to ask for a map!

Timings:

6:00AM – 7:00PM

Price: Kids AED 55 (1 hour) Basic AED 65 (1 hour) Mid-range AED 75 (1 hour) Premium AED 85 (1 hour)

  • Hiking - The new 32.6 km trails are the UAE's longest signposted hiking trails. The five different routes are colored Green, Blue, Red, and Black (going from the easiest to the hardest) and start straight from the Hatta Wadi Hub. The routes lead through the winding wadis at the foothills of the mountains near the border with Oman. Thanks to the different grades of routes to accommodate every level and experience of hiker you can explore varied terrain, from sandy patches to sharp rocks.

  • Hatta Kayak - while you're at Hatta Wadi Hub you can book your kayak or boat before heading down to Hatta Dam, the vast lake surrounded by mountains, where you relax a bit in the canoe, pedal boat, or water bikes. Bear in mind that swimming is not allowed. Prices vary from 60 AED for a single kayak to 600AED for a tour boat with a driver that can fit up to 11 adults. Get in touch with Hatta Kayak to know more.

credits: Hatta Kayak

  • Other activities at Hatta Wadi Hub include archery, zorbing, ax throwing, mountain cart, Hatta drop-in (multiple slides), Net Walkway, Zipline, Wall Climb, Cannon, and others. Check Visit Hatta website for more details.


Horse riding

There are several options to enjoy the Hatta mountainscape on the horseback. You can start your day with a sunrise ride, enjoy the trip during the day or book a sunset tour. The rides are suitable for everyone, even if it's going to be your first time.


It's a good idea to book in advance as it gets busy during the peak season. Check H1977 (@hatta_horses) or Hatta Fort (@hatta_fort) for recent prices.


Explore the Honeybee Garden

Now, that's something new. You can visit the Hatta Honeybee Garden and Discovery Centre to participate in a tour, workshop, other projects or simply to buy 100% natural, pure, raw, and unfiltered honey.

Photo by Dmitry Grigoriev


The Bee World Discovery Package tour starts with wearing bee clothes and watching educational videos. Then the visitors will take a tour to the garden of bees to see the types of trees that produce honey and view types of hives used in past and present. Your introduction to the world of bees. You can also stock up on jars of honey online.


Visit Hatta Observatory

Built in 1880 Hatta Observatory was built as a military tower in the village to defend its citizens from the attackers. Today it's a perfect spot to enjoy the views of the neighborhood.


Hatta Hill Park

Hilly green area perfect for picnics and barbecues. It has playing areas for children, as well as jogging tracks and sports fields.


Hatta Sign

We're sure everyone knows the infamous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, right? Good news! Now Hatta has its own and it quickly became a popular hiking walk (quite a walk) from Hatta Wadi Hub. Look up and see if you can spot it!



WHERE TO STAY


There are a few options for overnight stays in Hatta. The most popular are located just next to the Hatta Wadi Hub and all of them are hard to resist.


Hatta Sedr Trailers

The first luxurious trailer hotels in the region. All trailers are fitted with the hotel standard amenities such as modern bathrooms, Wi-Fi, TV, mini-fridge, digital safe, ironing board (on request), tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, and of course comfortable beds. Trailers are located at the banks of Hatta Wadi Dam. Book here.


Damani Lodges

Damani Lodges are located just next to the Hatta Wadi Hub, some of them are overlooking the activity park, some the amazing Hatta mountains (and bike trails). Each lodge has a terrace, and similar amenities as Sedr Trailers, although it can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Book here.

Camping in Hatta

What mostly brings people to Hatta, are the endless possibilities to enjoy the day and night. As we have mentioned in our Camping in Hatta article your camping spots are basically limitless. It's quite easy when it comes to choosing a proper location: if there is no sign that camping is prohibited, you don’t enter any private premises, cross the fence, etc., you can freely pitch your tent. But please, we beg you, leave no trace behind.


Alternatively, you can camp at Hatta Wadi Hub, pitch your tent for AED 129 during the week or AED 199 during weekends or public holidays. You can also bring your camper/caravan with you and stay overnight for AED 299 on weekdays and AED 399 during weekends and public holidays.


Facilities on the spot:

- bathrooms and showers

- 24 hrs security

- Wi-Fi

- Barbecue areas

- Restaurants, cafes, and food trucks



JA Hatta Fort Hotel

JA Hatta Fort Hotel nestles in a relaxed expanse of gardens and striking mountain territory. It has spacious, fully equipped rooms, two swimming pools, outdoor leisure facilities, such as tennis courts, archery, mini-golf, children's play area, games room, gym, and Senses Spa. There are also 2-bedroom deluxe villas. Book here.


Palm House Hatta

This unique house, a perfect mix of modernity and rural landscape contrast with the Hajar mountains in the background. There is a large swimming pool, kids area, and stables. A great getaway for groups of up to 8 people. Book here.

Happy Farm

Happy Farm can fit up to 16 people. It's an option for a bigger group who would like to enjoy the premise for themselves. It's located in the city, not far from the Hatta Wadi Dam. You can book it via Airbnb or Instagram.



WHERE TO EAT


There are plenty of local restaurants in the city, as well as cafes and grocery stores. You can try Mshakik Hatta restaurant (sandwiches or kebabs are great), Jabal Antar Cafeteria (with very reasonable prices, fresh and tasty food, amazing manakish and fatayer you can try at Baalbak. But honestly speaking (or writing) you can stop anywhere and we're sure you will find something you'll love.


At Hatta Wadi Hub you can dine in Hatta Wild Cafe (i.e. acai bowl with peanut butter on top of your fruits. And they also have Nutella Late), or have some fries with your doner kebab sandwich at Doner Race. More food trucks are coming but you can already find an interesting and healthy selection on the menus.


HOW TO GET HERE

Public Transport: Yes, there are buses! Check the schedule to find the best connection. Alternatively, you can come by taxi but that's an expensive business.


Car: It's around 1.5h drive from Dubai and 3hrs from Abu Dhabi.


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