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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

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

Fall in love with the UAE’s beautiful desert and mountains on this private day trip by 4x4 from Dubai. With a private guide, cruise past the desert plains and dunes in a comfortable 4x4. Absorb the tranquility and head into the rugged Hajar Mountains to Hatta Heritage Village, a recreation of an old mountain village with mud-and-stone houses, craft displays and more. Learn about bygone life here, and after a packed lunch, look for millennia-old desert rock fossils and see Camel Rock, a rocky outcrop that resembles a camel’s head.


  • 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

Meet your guide at your central Dubai hotel, relax into your air-conditioned 4x4, and start your full-day trip into the desert and Hajar Mountains.

Travel eastward through the desert interior, and on route, let your guide know if there are any sights that you want to see more of during your trip. Your tour is private, so the schedule can be tailored to your wishes.

As you head toward Hatta, watch as the landscapes change from open expanses to dunes, and the rocky foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Hear from your guide about Hatta itself, an old trading settlement known for its historical fort and rock pools nestled into the mountain slopes.

After roughly two hours, arrive at Hatta Heritage Village and explore it by foot. A recreation of an old mountain hamlet as it would have been before the UAE’s oil boom, the village is composed of dwellings and buildings built from mud, palm leaves, reeds and stone — just as in the past.

Head inside with your guide to view the simple houses, mosques and watchtowers, as well as the displays of weaponry, handicrafts and traditional dress that detail life here before the mid-1900s.

Afterward, stop to view Hatta Fort before driving deeper into the desert. Stop to enjoy a boxed lunch of a burger and soda, and continue to Jebel Maleihah, nicknamed Fossil Rock. This rocky outcrop looms from the sands and is named after the ancient marine fossils embedded in its slopes.

Hop out to see the intricate fossils — imprints of shells and marine creatures that lived here when the Arabian Peninsula lay under the sea millennia ago.

Lastly, stop for photos of nearby Camel Rock — a bizarre formation that resembles a camel’s head—and then finish your day trip with a hotel drop-off.

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Customer Reviews

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

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.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

We are currently on the trip but expressed a clear disappointment to the tour operator who in return invited me to ‎fill you in on the situation. 
As we saw on viator's website we shall have seen some natural pools as they are also featured in pictures on your site.
The company has stopped to go there for 8 years now due to border issue‎ and this is not something they offer.
This was the highlight of our trip and we couldn't do it. Clear disappointment from our whole party.

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