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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Hatta Heritage Village and UAE Desert Tour by 4x4 from Dubai

Combine dramatic desert scenery with 16th-century history on a day trip by 4x4 jeep! After leaving Dubai, travel east to Hajar Heritage Village in the scenic mountains of Al-Hajar near Oman. Explore the well-preserved village that dates to the 16th century, seeing mud-walled mosques and houses, and then travel through the arid and open desert plains of the United Arab Emirates. Stop for a packed lunch on route, and visit the rock formations of Jebel Maleihah (fossil rock) and Camel Rock, before returning to Dubai.


  • Day trip to Hatta Heritage Village and the UAE desert by 4x4 jeep
  • Travel with a friendly local guide from Dubai to Hatta in the scenic mountains of Al-Hajar
  • Admire the UAE’s contrasting scenery with impressive city, desert and mountain vistas
  • Explore Hatta Heritage Village and learn about its 16th-century mud-brick mosques
  • Visit the rock formations of Jebel Maleihah and Camel Rock
  • Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service from central Dubai

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Hatta Heritage Village and UAE Desert Tour by 4x4 from Dubai

See the amazing desert rocks on this 4x4 day tour from Dubai

Start your day with a pickup by 4x4 jeep from your Dubai hotel, and then travel east through the UAE’S sultry desert landscape. Heading toward the Omani border, your destination of the day is Hatta, a sheikdom and ancient trading enclave high up in the Al-Hajar mountains. Relax as you watch the terrain change from the pristine streets of Dubai to the soft-red dunes of the desert and rocky mountain passes of Al-Hajar.

After roughly two hours, arrive in Hajar and stop to explore its 16th-century highlight: Hajar Heritage Village. With your guide, walk around the village’s mosques, watchtowers and houses while hearing how such buildings were made from materials such as mud, reed and stone. See Hatta Fort, and learn about daily village life for the Hatta people many centuries ago.

Having enjoyed 1.5 hours walking around the village, stroll back to your 4X4 jeep to travel deeper into the desert. Stop for a packed lunch of a burger and soda along the way, and then continue traveling to Jebel Maleihah, a site known locally as ‘fossil rock.’ Look for marine fossils — imprints of ocean life millions of years ago when water covered Arabia — on a stroll around the rocky desert outcrop, and then continue to nearby Camel Rock in Fujairah. The otherworldly rock formation makes for a dramatic photo set against the backdrop of undulating dunes and sandstone buttes.

Continue your journey back to Dubai, taking in more sweeping expanses of desert, and then finish your day trip with a drop-off at your hotel in the early evening.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful.
Not sure lunch was that great or required - could have just had cool drinks and got back to Dubai earlier and not paid for a lunch, but maybe some people like the lunch option...!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was luckily, the only one on my tour! It felt nice having a private guide for the day. We went to see Hatta Heritage Village which is a bit cheesy and touristy but it's free and you can see some cool stuff. Then afterwards, we went to the dam and got some nice mountain pictures and then you go see camel rock with soft dune bashing. Since it was just me, we tailored everything to what I wanted. We couldn't go see the lakes since that's in Oman and there's passport/security issues now. Lunch is very simple - a burger with just meat, apple, and small side of potato salad. It was tasty anyway. My guide was awesome and spoke English and we had a blast getting to know each other.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a really nice day out in the rugged mountains and lonely sand dunes. My guide, Jafar, did a great job four-wheeling over the dunes. He also did a nice job of explaining the sites at the Hatta Heritage Center. Really a fun trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good Tour and good guide !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

If you are interested to see some beautiful places close to Oman and then drive in desert, I would recommended to take this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was great. We had a very good and very friendly driver who was fluent inEnglish and could answer all questions. The landscape was amazing in particular the desert. We had enough time at every spot and also entered the Oman for a short time.

The luch was very simple, never had a burger with bread and meat only before. However, I didn´t go there for lunch. Thus, a great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very professional driver always prompt to give informations and make the trip as good as possible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We enjoyed this trip into the Hatta area and desert lunch. Our guide was professional but friendly, knew the area and history. Would recommend as a great day tour if you are staying in UAE

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Good value for money 6 hour trip. Very good guide . Sand dunes excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Brilliant day. Our guide was excellent and good fun. The men especially enjoyed the ride through the sand dunes! Just note that you will need your Passport for this trip as you have to go over the boarder into Oman and back to get to the Heritage Village at Hatta.

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