As Dubai residents, we’re always looking for short escapes from the bustling city. Luckily, the UAE has plenty to offer when it comes to quick and fun getaways, such as a weekend visit to Ras Al Khaimah! But one trip that every Dubai resident has to make is to the beautiful destination of Hatta. Located 130km away from central Dubai, Hatta is a stunning escape filled with rocky mountains set against crystal waters. Good for a day trip or an overnight stay, Hatta now boasts many attractions, old and new. From kayaking in the dam to exploring the heritage site, Hatta is ideal for a family trip. Read on to discover all the fun and exciting things to do in Hatta!
TOP PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO IN HATTA
GO KAYAKING IN HATTA DAM
Prepare yourself for one of the most amazing sights when you reach Hatta Dam. Surrounded by mountains and home to a sparkling lake, the first sight of Hatta Dam will always take your breath away. Perhaps the best of attractions in Hatta, you have the option of driving your car along the dam or discovering the area on foot. And definitely don’t miss the chance to explore Hatta’s blue waters by renting a kayak or paddle boat! It’s one of the most fun things to do in Hatta with family and friends. Keep in mind the crowds that will be present on weekends for renting these kayaks too.
- Timings: 6.30 am to 5.30 pm
- Price: AED 60 per person onwards
- Contact: 056 6162111
VISIT THE HATTA HERITAGE VILLAGE
After your adventure at Hatta Dam, head to the Hatta Heritage Village. Undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Hatta, this historical site gives visitors a glimpse into life in one of the ancient villages in Dubai. Restored in 2001, the village now is now home to an old ruler’s house and artefacts like weapons and instruments. You can also pick up handicraft and heritage items as a memento. Keep an eye out for cultural events that take place during occasions like UAE National Day! And don’t miss the neighbouring farms that houses the falaj, which are old water channels that were used as an irrigation system.
- Contact: 04 852 1374
RELAX AT HATTA HILL PARK
If you’re in the mood for a laid-back outing, there’s no better place to visit in Hatta than its gorgeous park. Built over a mountain, Hatta Hill Park is just the place for a picnic with the family. Think lush green spaces, shaded areas and beautiful views. There are shaded huts that serve as dedicated BBQ spots in Hatta as well, for those who want to make the most of their outing. The park’s running track, football fields and tennis courts give visitors plenty of fun things to do in Hatta. Finally, head up the mountain walkway that leads to a tower at the peak. This is one of the best places to visit in Hatta for unparalleled views of the area and the Hajar mountain range.
GO MOUNTAIN BIKING IN HATTA
For the more adventurous, the Hatta Mountain Bike Trails is definitely worth a visit. The first of its kind in the Middle East, the Hatta MBT Centre is home to a cross country route that has trails for all abilities. You can find trails for all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros. Mountain bike across Hatta’s trails to explore the area in a completely unique way! The best part? Hatta’s trails are free to ride and open year-round to visitors and comes with plenty of free parking as well. Pack your off-road bikes and make your way to one of the more thrilling attractions in Hatta! Don’t have your own bike? Stop at Showka Bikes along the way to Hatta and rent a bike for AED 75 per hour. There are also new hiking trails that have been added, for those who want to see Hatta’s wild beauty and attractions on foot. Check the Hatta MBT Centre’s website for more information of the routes and trails.
- Contact: 04 852 1002
TRY ARCHERY IN JA HATTA FORT HOTEL
Known as the Sport of the Kings, archery is another one of the must-try activities in Hatta. Located in the well-kept lawns of JA Hatta Fort Hotel, the archery range is equipped for beginners and seasoned archers. With the stunning Hajar mountains in view, try your hand at hitting the bull’s eye!
- Timings: 9 am to 6.30 pm
- Price: AED 50 per person (visitors) AED 30 per person (hotel guests)
- Contact: 04 814 5400
VISIT THE HATTA FORT AND JUMA MOSQUE
Wondering which places to visit in Hatta? Experience a slice of Emirati history by visiting these preserved sites. The Hatta Fort is a popular architectural monument that served as a defensive structure and residence! Check out the 11-metre-high watchtower that overlooks Hatta. Finally, the Juma Mosque, which was built in 1780, proudly calls itself the oldest building in Hatta. The ivory mosque is a beautiful sight against the rocky mountains and palm trees.
CHECK OUT MERAAS’ NEW WADI HUB CENTRE
Hatta is poised to become the new eco-tourism destination as Dubai-based Meraas is developing the area to include so many new activities. One of their exciting new projects is the Wadi Hub Centre, where visitors can enjoy amazing experiences. The Wadi Hub Centre has already opened its doors to visitors. While not all activities are operating, visitors can head there now to try axe-throwing, bag jumping and freefall, along with archery and mountain biking. There’s a variety of free and paid things to do in activity hub, so make sure you stop by here. And keep an eye out for more updates, as the Wadi Hub Centre will introduce more thrilling activities in Hatta like wall-climbing, zip-lines and obstacle courses. With so much variety of visitors, the Wadi Hub Centre will soon become one of the biggest attractions in Hatta.
- Timings: 8 am onwards
- Prices vary per activity
- Contact: 800 637227
HOW TO GET FROM DUBAI TO HATTA
- The best way to get from Dubai to Hatta is by car. You can reach Hatta from Dubai by taking the Sharjah-Kalba Road (E102) via Emirates Road (E611). It takes approximately and hour-and-a-half to get to Hatta from the city.
WHERE TO STAY IN HATTA
- JA Hatta Fort Hotel – One of the oldest hotels in the UAE, this hotel offers rooms and villas that have breath-taking views of the Hajar mountains. Contact: 04-814 5400
- Sedr Trailers – Make your trip a memorable one by staying overnight in these repurposed trailers situated on the banks of the Hatta Dam, developed by Meraas. You’ll also have access to barbeque facilities and a viewing deck. Contact: 800 637 227
- Damani Lodges – Located close to Meraas’ new Wadi Hub activity centre, these mountain lodges offer a unique experience. Contact: 800 637 227
And that wraps up our guide on the best things to do in Hatta! Tell us, what’s your favourite thing to do in Hatta? If you’re looking for more family friendly activities during the break, take a look at our post on places that have reopened for winter in Dubai! And follow MyBayut for more articles on fun road trips to take in the UAE!