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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Visit Hatta Heritage Village and the beguiling desert rock formations of Jebel Maleihah (fossil rock) and Camel Rock with a private guide! With transport by 4x4 jeep, the day trip from Dubai takes in some of the United Arab Emirates’ finest scenery, from desert dunes to craggy mountain passes of Al-Hajar. Learn about life in 16th-century Hatta on a tour of its heritage village, stop for a packed lunch in the desert, and pose for photos by impressive rock formations. The itinerary on this private tour is flexible and can be tailored to your interests.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Hatta Heritage Village and the UAE desert by 4x4 jeep
  • Travel with a friendly private guide from Dubai to the towering mountains of Al-Hajar
  • Discover the UAE’s contrasting scenery with enchanting city, desert and mountain vistas
  • Walk around Hatta Heritage Village to learn about its 16th-century mud-brick mosques
  • Pose for photos at the rock formations of Jebel Maleihah and Camel Rock
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a knowledgeable private guide

What You Can Expect

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

Explore the rocky terrain on this private 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. As you travel, chat with your private guide about the UAE and the sights that you want to see. The itinerary, as described below, is flexible and can be tailored to your preferences.

Traveling in the direction of the Omani border, your first 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

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Interesting excursion into desert beyond Dubai. Little visible wildlife. For those interested in birds, stop off at wetlands on outskirts of Dubai, where flamingoes flock. This was a highlight.

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.

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