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 picnic breakfast 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. Also watch a Falconer demonstrate the hunting skills of the Emiratis’ favorite bird and share in his knowledge about why the magnificent Falcons are so special to the Nation.
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.