Day Trip to Hatta

December 2nd is National Day in the UAE and this year marked the 41st year that the seven emirates unified to form a country.  There was a parade downtown complete with camels, floats, musicians and other patriotic pageantry.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Well, it doesn’t to my husband.  While I read the description, all he heard was “traffic, no parking, crowds of people, tired, grumpy children….”  So we didn’t go.  Instead, we decided to drive to the town of Hatta.  It’s only an hour from Dubai and you have to cross a bit of Oman, and then re-enter the UAE, to get there.  It was such a pleasant, stress-free, simple yet satisfying afternoon.  Usually, when we take these little excursions, we get lost take scenic detours or something is closed that was supposed to be open.  We were lucky this time around though and all went as planned.  Despite being only an hour away, its landscape is completely different from Dubai; it looks very much like Oman which makes sense given its proximity.  Here are a few photos.

Map via Lonely Planet.  You can see how close Hatta is to Oman here.

Map via Lonely Planet. You can see how close Hatta is to Oman here.

Taken from the car on the way to Hatta.  The vibrant blue sky was so pretty that day.  There were even puffy white clouds which we normally don't see much of.

Taken from the car on the way to Hatta. The vibrant blue sky was so pretty that day. There were even puffy white clouds which we normally don’t see much of.

Drive to Hatta

Lots of bearded old guys walked past where we parked.  Wonder where they were headed?  Maybe the mosque?

Lots of bearded old guys walked past where we parked. Wonder where they were headed? Maybe the mosque?

Hatta

UAE National Day pride

UAE National Day pride

This and the next few are from Heritage Village - an example of village life from 400 years ago. Featured old houses built from stones and palm trees.  The rooms gave information about how people used to live here.

This and the next few are from Heritage Village – an example of village life from 400 years ago. Featured old houses built from stones and palm trees. The rooms gave information about how people used to live here.

Hatta Heritage Village

Don't worry, these guys were really nice.  Ha ha - just kidding, they are fake, but they scared us for a second.

Don’t worry, these guys were really nice. Ha ha – just kidding, they are fake, but they scared us for a second.

This place was heaven for the boys.  Mysterious, heavy doorways with who-knows-what behind them, watchtowers and plenty of rocks - a recipe for fun!

This place was heaven for the boys. Mysterious, heavy doorways with who-knows-what behind them, watchtowers and plenty of rocks – a recipe for fun!

This and the next few are of the dam in Hatta

This and the next few are of the dam in Hatta

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Dubai skyline welcoming us back home

Dubai skyline welcoming us back home

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About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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13 Responses to Day Trip to Hatta

  1. Judyy says:

    Lovely photos! Nice to get away from the glitz and glamour of Dubai for a while. Hard to imagine Dubai probably looked like this not so very long ago.

  2. Thank you Judy! Yes, that’s exactly how we felt – very nice to have a bit of a break from Dubai and we lucked out with such a beautiful day!

  3. Jo says:

    Lynda
    Always look forward to your posts. Save travels to Houston xx

  4. Nikki Kelley says:

    Great pics. I cannot believe how big the boys have gotten!

  5. munchow says:

    Hatta looks like quite a special place. Great pictures!

  6. Thanks for the visual tour, your photos are really great. Like you, I’m an expat from Houston living in Egypt so it was great finding your blog!

  7. awais says:

    Wow love your blogs next time u visit hatta be sure to visit the hill park and a few dams in muzeirah which is realy close to hatta and I know this because I live here have been living since 1997

    • Lynda says:

      Thanks so much for stopping be and commenting! I really appreciate the tips – always looking for new places to explore. Unfortunately I have left the UAE now but if I visit again will keep this in mind. Hatta is really special.

  8. Mzee says:

    Hello,
    i am planing to visit hatta pools with my girlfriend, any body on page go there before ?
    Thanks

    • Lynda says:

      Hi there. I’m sorry – we didn’t visit the pools when we went. I’ve heard mixed reviews – some people say it’s beautiful – others say there’s a lot of trash around. Check to make sure you will be able to have access to the area if you are not Emirati or Omani. Good luck and have fun!

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