Hop onto a mountain bike
There’s possibly no better way to experience the meandering pathways of hills, wadis and farmland than from the back of a mountain bike. Multiple trails for beginner to advanced-level riders have been set up by the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre, an initiative backed by Dubai Municipality. The trails are free to ride and are self-guided with clear markers.
Longtime Dubai resident and mountain-biking enthusiast, Andy Whitaker, visits Hatta almost every weekend for his riding fix. He recommends starting from Dubai before dawn to get the best out of the experience.
"I would head to Hatta from Dubai at 5am, to aim to be riding by 6-6:30am Ride for three hours, then take a dip in one of the pools along the Green trails," he says. (Note: you can catch the sunrise at this time in the winter months and the pools are seasonal).
Brave visitors can choose to tackle the trails on their own or join the many hobby groups, some of which meet for weekly rides. Give yourself two-three hours for a riding session, with stops to enjoy the lush surroundings.
The Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre remains closed over summer but the trails itself stay open for adventurers – just remember to carry all your essential supplies and plenty of water.
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