The road to the historic site of Hatta is, quite simply, as beautiful as the destination itself. Taking just over 90 minutes by car from Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, keen travellers will be able to marvel at the magnificent Hajar mountains and unforgettable sand dunes on their way.
Discover rustic Hatta
Home to breathtaking natural landscapes, and known as one of the oldest preserved heritage sites in the UAE, Hatta almost feels like a completely different world when compared to the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Dubai. With its milder climate, rugged mountains and surreal dam, it is a brilliant place to explore.
A must-visit attraction is the Hatta Heritage Village, a restored museum designed to replicate the true lives of Emirati in the past. The village is made up of 30 individual buildings, all of which reflect how the area would have appeared hundreds of years before. A mosque, a fort and two watchtowers can also be found, and there are hundreds of relics telling tales of times gone by.
Explore the mountains
Dubai's Hajar mountains overlook the village of Hatta, and attract sports enthusiasts from all over the world. A good level of fitness is advised for those who plan to hike, bike or climb, and it is recommended that visitors come here during Dubai's winter months to avoid the extreme heat.
There are many scenic routes hikers can take through and around the mountains, which range in difficulty. From shorter walks of two hours or less, to demanding ten-hour treks, there is something for everyone here. Maps can be found online or via our concierge - our staff will be delighted to offer their assistance before you begin your adventure.
For experienced mountain bike riders, the region of Hatta poses an exhilarating challenge. There is a collection of curated trails, designed specifically for both amateurs and professionals, which can be tackled year-round, day and night. This is a fantastic way to experience the mountain region of Hatta, but caution is advised. Riders are recommended to keep a mobile phone, GPS tracker and plenty of water on them at all times.
Visitors to Dubai can rent bikes from various specialised shops in the city, or from Showka Cycles in Showka - a location en route to Hatta.
From gazelles to geckos, Dubai and its deserts are rich in wildlife. Those paying a visit to Hatta should make sure they spend some time at Hatta Dam; surrounded by the spectacular mountains, this turquoise oasis attracts a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Water birds thrive here in particular, with over ten species easily counted on any given day. Lizards are another popular inhabitant, and they are fun to try to spot with many known for being experts when it comes to camouflage.
To learn more about guided tours, group excursions or to organise travel arrangements to Hatta from Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, please get in touch with our concierge team. Simply call +971 4 341 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to our friendly staff.