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

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Paul C

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

Colin W

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
March 2016

Nice trip, but we felt a bit rushed. We were told we had half an hour at Hatta Heritage Village, where we would have liked to spend more time, while in the end we were back home after 6 hours, instead of the 8 hours promised in the programme. We had a nice driver, who told us various stories and who was very accommodating to personal wishes with respect to the desert driving. The back office was poorly organised. The person on the phone did not know when we would be picked up, or how long the trip would last. He kept on asking which hotel was near our pick-up point, while we were to be picked up 4.5 km away from any hotel at our own residence. All in all, it was nice to have the car to our own with the private trip, but it was not value for money.

Kevin C

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.

Anita G

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2016

We did not get what we expected - the Hatta pools displayed on the image could not be visited due to visa requirements for Oman. Although the guides were really nice, we did not like that the organizer did not inform us in advance. I'd not recommend that trip but book something alternaively like a desert safari instead.

Thomas D

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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