Take a hike: 8 hiking trails to try in the UAE – What’s On DubaiApril 14, 2022
Whether you’re hiking with children or a first-timer, there’s a mountain out there waiting for you to scale…
If you’re on the hunt for an adventurous getaway, pack up the hiking gear and take a drive down to the mountains.
The UAE is packed with wilderness and is home to a number of amazing hiking trails. They’re beautiful, they’re all unique, and they get you outside to enjoy the season. They are also free.
Here are 8 hiking trails in UAE to go conquer
Great for: Beginners
Distance from Dubai: 1-hour drive
Coordinates: 25.103958, 56.039260
One of the closest hiking spots to Dubai, Wadi Shawka is just an hour away and is great for beginners. Shawka has several varied routes. You can choose from a quick ramble or make a day of it and include the Shawka pools, too. Whichever you pick you’ll enjoy impressive, panoramic views (aka several ‘Gram opportunities). Head to the Shawka Dam and either take the stairs directly to the summit or choose one of the trails, easily visible from the small parking area. The trails are well marked out, making it difficult to get lost and safe for families with children. It’s dog-friendly, too but keep them on a leash as you don’t want them to wander too far.
Hatta Mountain Trails
Great for: Family-fun hikes
Distance from Dubai: 1-hour 30 minutes’ drive
Coordinates: 24.815061, 56.160270
Dubai’s largest national park, Hatta is a popular spot for families and friends for several reasons including the fun adventure centre, Hatta Wadi Hub. It’s also home to several hiking trails where you can explore the Hajar Mountains. There are four trails to choose from: Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Severe. The routes spread over nearly 33km and you can expect undulating rugged hills and wadis, dams, farms, a heritage village and trails that even go up to the famous Hatta sign. This is one of …….