Hatta, Hajar Mountains
Perched high in the craggy Hajar Mountains, Hatta is a welcome change of scene from the dazzle and glitz of Dubai. Thanks to its magnificent mountain scenery and pleasantly cool climate, the picturesque town, which is actually an enclave of Dubai emirate, has long been a popular summer retreat for adventure seekers and local families looking to escape the urban grind.
Surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the UAE, Hatta is perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Nevertheless, sports enthusiast can kayak in the bright turquoise waters of the Hatta Dam, whereas culture and history lovers can get their fix at Hatta Heritage Village, a cluster of reconstructed buildings and typical mountain dwellings that resembles a traditional Emirati settlement.
Hatta lies 135 km southeast of Dubai, which makes it a wonderful day trip for vacationers looking to discover more of the UAE’s wonders.