Hiking trails in Hatta
Escape the city limits into the mountain enclave of Hatta
, for hiking, camping and a host of adrenaline-fuelled activities
. Located on the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, Hatta is 130km east of Dubai's city centre. This popular weekend hideout offers up breathtaking views and is an ideal spot for overnight camping in Dubai. For hiking enthusiasts, there are 32.6km of marked trails ranging in severity from easy to extreme which are free to use all year round. Starting off from the Hatta Wadi Hub
, the routes cover undulating terrain, winding wadis and craggy peaks.
Mountain glam at Hatta Sedr Trailers
Those looking for a more luxurious camping experience in Hatta, can book the Hatta Sedr Trailers
. These purpose-built high-end caravans offer up dramatic views of the mountainscapes, with the comfort of 'glamping'. Each trailer features a terrace laid out with luxe couches and chairs, as well as a kitchenette, private bathrooms, air-conditioning and even a television. Nearby, the Hatta Wadi Hub
has a host of activities
from mountain-biking to axe-throwing to keep you entertained.
Desert camping in a Conservation Reserve
Traverse 45km south-east of the city to reach the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
, and take off on an exciting adventure through Dubai's golden dunes. Located on an old camel
farm, the reserve offers camel rides, barbecue meals, and starry views. Visitors will need to book a tour with verified providers such as Arabian Adventures
or Platinum Heritage
in advance to camp here. These organised tours offer comfortable tents and traditional meals, for those who want to camp in the desert amid the wildlife
Stargazing at the Starlight Camp
Here's your chance to camp under the starry desert skies. The Starlight camp is located deep in the Arabian desert
, 45 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport
. The team take care of all the arrangements for a private camp for your group to enjoy an exhilarating escapade. Relax under a crystal roof tent, fronted by a warm bonfire, a dining area, fully-equipped barbecue, a food and beverage trailer, outdoor toilets and showers, and other amenities. Activities include nature walks and stargazing – this is an experience you won't soon forget.
On the wild side with Lahbab Desert
Stunning red sands and the option to stargaze from Fossil Rock makes the Lahbab Desert a fantastic option for campers. There are plenty of imposing rocks and dunes nearby to explore, such as the Pink Rock for dramatic views of desert vistas, or Big Red, a 300-foot sand dune that provides endless entertainment for adventure seekers. At Big Red, whether on a quad-bike or sandboards (which you can rent en route to these popular spots), there's plenty to give you an adrenaline rush
. From here, it is easy to cross over to Hatta for more camping opportunities.
What else do you need to know?
Before you head off on your adventure, stock up on sufficient amounts of water to keep you hydrated along the way, and ensure you bring cooking basics like a pan and fire-lighting equipment in case you run out of packaged goods. Remember to load your backpack with loose and warm clothing, sunglasses and a hat.
Bring along essentials like a first-aid kit, sunscreen, portable charger, extra batteries, a GPS device, good quality tent equipment and basic medication.
There might be limited connectivity in the desert, so before you head out on your trip, inform a friend or family member about where you intend to camp. Avoid camping during the hotter months; November to April is the best time to venture into the desert. Wear shoes that are suitable for camping and take a torch, or a headlight.
Finally, remember to carry your camera to take amazing photographs.