• Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Venture into the UAE desert and learn about traditional mountain life on this Hatta Dubai 4x4 day trip. Leave Dubai by air-conditioned 4x4 and pass rolling dunes and the craggy Hajar Mountains of the UAE-Oman border on route to Hatta. Enjoy a picnic breakfast during your drive. Visit Hatta Heritage Village, a restored mountain village where mud-and-stone houses and craft displays showcase life here centuries ago. Visit the rock formations of Camel Rock and Fossil Rock, embedded with aeons-old marine fossils, on your way back to Dubai.


  • Day trip to Hatta Heritage Village and the UAE desert by 4x4
  • Travel with a guide from Dubai to Hatta in the mountains of Al-Hajar
  • Explore Hatta Heritage Village and learn about its 16th-century mud-brick mosques
  • Visit the rock formations of Jebel Maleihah and Camel Rock
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Dubai included

What You Can Expect

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

4x4 Hatta Safari - Heritage Village

Hop aboard your comfortable 4x4 in front of your central Dubai hotel in the morning. Settle into the air-conditioned interior and with your driver-guide at the wheel, set off on your journey through the UAE’S stark desert landscapes.

Head toward the UAE-Oman border and Hatta, an old trading settlement with a historical fort and rock pools, nestled high in the craggy Hajar Mountains.

Watch as the terrain shifts from open plains to dunes and rocky mountain slopes, and after roughly two hours on the road, arrive at Hatta Heritage Village.

A recreation of an old mountain hamlet dating back to before the 20th century, the complex comprises dwellings and buildings built from mud, palm leaves, reeds, and stone.

Head inside with your guide to stroll around the houses, mosques, and watchtowers and see the displays of weaponry, handicrafts, and traditional dress that showcase what life was like here until the mid-1900s.

See Hatta Fort as you learn more about the region’s history, and then climb back inside your 4x4 to venture deeper into the desert.

Continue to Jebel Maleihah, otherwise known as Fossil Rock. This large rocky outcrop rears sharply from the sands and gets its nickname from the many ancient marine fossils embedded in its slopes. Hop out to look for these swirling, aeons-old fossils — imprints of shells and tiny marine creatures that lived on the ocean floor when the Arabian Peninsula was covered by the sea millions of years ago.

Then, make your way to nearby Camel Rock. Take snaps of the desert rock formation that resembles a camel, and then return to Dubai where your day trip ends at your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We did this trip about 18 months ago. However we still recall it as a very useful and memorable trip. A great chance to get out of Dubai and see the real culture of the Emirates.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016


Gillian D

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...!

Amy T

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.

Simon G

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 !

Alexander T

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.

Pascal B

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.

Pete G

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

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