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Exploring the Emirates- Hatta Dam

Wednesday 28th February 2018

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Hatta is an old fort town on the border of the UAE and Oman. This time of the year is perfect to visit, many go for the drive whilst others go for a desert safari or for a hike. This mountain region is a beauty spot and is well worth the visit. 


Hatta is actually an inland exclave of Dubai and is located in the Hajar Mountains. It is surrounded by Oman on three sides with the Emirate of Sharjah on the fourth side. Its geography lends for spectacular views as it is framed by the beautiful imposing Hajar Mountains dotted with Hatta Dam, Hatta Lake and Hatta Pools. Traditionally it is a popular weekend getaway of Dubai-based families escaping the heat and humidity of the coast. 


From Fujairah, you can take the Maleha Road (E55) but don’t head to Dubai, go back towards Kalba and take the road (E102) into the mountains (You can also go through Kalba and the picturesque tunnel road) until you reach a junction with clear sign posting towards Hatta. Continue driving on a fairly winding road heading towards Hatta.


Once you reach the roundabout where the Hatta Fort Hotel is situated follow the Heritage Village sign. You’ll see the pretty Wadi Park on your left continue straight until you reach a T-junction. From the T-junction turn left. Once you’ve taken the left you’ll see a mosque on your right. Keep going straight for around a kilometer. You will see a steep tarmacked road going top of the mountain. The road ends on top of a mountain with an amazing view of blue water surrounded by craggy mountains. 

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There’s also a mountain walkway to enjoy those amazing views of Hajar Mountain range and the village and now the spillway of Hatta Dam has 80-metre high mural of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.


The Hatta Hill Park features 9km of trails surrounding some of the best tourist attractions the area has to offer. It's great for picnics, barbecues, enjoying nature and staying active.


The park itself isn’t new, in fact it’s been there since 2009, but it’s not exactly known. The park is perfectly situated near the Hatta Dam and it makes for a great spot to spend some time outdoors, especially for families.


There are lots of green open areas to enjoy the nature, a playground to occupy the little ones and shaded huts where you can BBQ. It’s also a treat for anyone who loves to stay active since it has a running track, a football field and a basketball court.


There’s even a supermarket close by so in case you need any snacks or drinks!


Kayaking Centre opens from 7.30 am so you can head out onto the lake either in a kayak or pedal boat. Get there early because it can get really busy on weekends


Mountain Biking is also really popular with over 50km of trails, divided into different grades to suit all levels and available all day and everyday   Green for beginners, blue for intermediate, red for experienced and black for very skilled riders.


Hatta6 jpgFinish the day with a visit to the Heritage Village, also clearly sign posted from the main roundabout. The cluster of traditional houses, fortress, watch towers and mosque gives a vivid impression of ancient rural mountain life in Arabia. On Fridays, there is usually a fruit and handicraft market. The village is an authentic recreation of old Hatta, using the same building techniques of old (such as mud and palm tree trunks), and it offers yet another picturesque setting in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Admission is free of charge.


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