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Hatta Rock Pools

Located near the village of Hatta, just outside of Dubai in the Hajar Mountains, the Hatta Rock Pools have become one of the city’s most popular weekend getaways. This series of spring-fed pools meander through narrow canyon passages, amid the ... 

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4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

A good trip that was worth the full day if you have it to spare.
It would be quite tedious if the car was full so I recommend doing this as a 'private' drive
The trip to the desert dunes was the highlight and quite an experience. The driver gives you a choice of excitement from 'Weeee!' to death defying. We stuck with the Weee but still held our breath a few times.
Even though it is a car ride, wear closed shoes as the desert sands are damn hot where we picnic for lunch in the desert. Not a feast by any means, just a snack.
Have to use your imagination for the 'Camel' Rock visit, but the ride there was fun.
The heritage village was quite interesting. As it was off season (hot!) we had the place to ourselves which made it easy to stroll and explore. It would probably be less pleasant in peak times as the exhibits are inside small rooms with even smaller doors.
The water in the tour picture is not an exotic oasis destination. The reality is an almost empty dam roughly cut into the hillside, not noteworthy.
Although you pass through Oman immigration (for 22km each way) there appeared to be an understanding that visas were not required for the Hatta visit (we had Australian passports)
Expect the obligatory stop at the toilet break (right outside a 'hard sell' gift shop) on the way.
Overall; an interesting day with some fun experiences but not a 'must do' while in Dubai

Doing what: Private 4x4 Hatta Day Trip to Heritage Village and Desert Rocks

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2014

This was supposed to be a private tour. While we did have our own car and driver, we traveled in a caravan for almost the entire trip with two other cars/groups. We toured Hatta in a group, the dam/reservoir as a group and all ate lunch in a group. Had we been alone, we would not have stayed as long at some places as we ended up having to stay. Disappointing not to be able to control the pace of a "private" tour. Lunch was a bit uninspiring. We still give the day trip three stars for the scenery, informative guide (Mustafa), camel close-ups and a little bit of dune bashing.

Doing what: Private 4x4 Hatta Day Trip to Heritage Village and Desert Rocks

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