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Dubai: Hatta reopens to visitors as the weather changes, here’s how to make the most of your trip

ByMary M. Ward

Sep 23, 2022

In 2021, the destination welcomed 1.25 million visitors, including more than 200,000 visitors from 125 countries who stayed overnight at Hatta Resorts. This year marks the fifth season and Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub opened their doors to visitors last week with an exciting list of activities.

View from Hatta Sedr trailers at Wadi Hatta hub in Hatta. The Hatta Wadi Hub offers a coaching center and high-energy activities such as mountain biking and Hatta Drop-in, Asia’s first water jump park and an idyllic glamping experience at Hatta Damani Lodges. Hatta Heritage Village is a recreation of a traditional mountain village located in Hatta, Al Hajar Mountains, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Activities, some of which will open closer to the end of the year, include ziplining, mountain biking, electric four-wheeled off-road “Rovers”, horse and camel riding, rock climbing, paragliding, hiking, kayaking, pedal boating, football zorbing, archery, ax throwing and “Hatta Drop-in” slides. The destination will also soon be offering sunrise and sunset yoga sessions at the destination.

As for the resorts and the different accommodation options, this year visitors can take advantage of the choice of breakfast per night, included in the package.

hatta stay

Damani lodges have a terrace that doubles as a gazebo.
Image credit: Evangeline Elsa/Gulf News

Not interested in glamping? Bring your own tent or caravan to spend a night or two in this cool destination. You can refuel at the food trucks and cafes located on site. There is a charge for bringing your own tent (from Dh199 a night) or caravan (from Dh299 a night). Weekend and holiday rates are higher, so call before planning your camping trip.

A great place for thrill seekers and nature lovers who want to stay close by or wander the mountains and wadis, Hatta offers plenty of options depending on your budget, interests and/or age. .

What you can do at Wadi Hub

In addition to the new ropes course and yoga experiences, this year’s list of activities includes ziplining, mountain biking, four-wheel electric off-road “Rovers”, camel riding, climbing, paragliding, hiking, kayaking. , pedalo, football zorbing, archery, ax throwing and “Hatta Drop-in” slides, to name a few.

If you are looking for activities under 50 Dh per person, we suggest the trampoline (large and small diving for adults and children), the net walkway, rock climbing, archery, zorbing, horse and camel riding and the Hatta Heritage Village which is free to enter.

Big ticket items at the destination are also the ones that can make your visit to Hatta truly unforgettable. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Hatta and the Hajar Mountains with a 15-minute paragliding flight. A session will cost you 650 Dh.

For aquatic action, the site has introduced the Hatta Drop-In. Billed as the first of its kind in the UAE, this attraction is a combination of slides and acrobatics combined with water sports. It includes a jump, a slide, donuts to drop and tracks. There are also different levels – one green level crazy slide track for beginners, one blue level crazy slide track for intermediate users and two red level advanced slide tracks. Tickets start at Dh75.

Hiking in Hatta

Hatta is a perfect choice for those who love hiking or for those who want to start. Surrounded by the beauty of the Hajar Mountains, the destination offers a hiking trail for all ages and skill levels to discover and enjoy. Dubai’s largest national park is best enjoyed on foot and there are a total of four highking routes – Black, Red, Blue and Green – to suit all ages and abilities.

3000 year old village

Presumed to be over 3,000 years old, the Hatta Heritage Village offers a unique perspective on Arab culture and shows how the Emiratis lived centuries ago. Village structures have been renovated to show how things were back then.

The best time to enjoy Hatta is during the cooler months, and the destination’s various attractions start welcoming visitors again. From the scenic drive to Hatta sailing through the impressive Hajar Mountains, to nature and adventure, a trip to Hatta can be rejuvenating after a hectic week.