Hiking in Dubai

What better way to explore the vastness and diverse topography of the Arabian desert than going on adventurous hiking in Dubai? Jebel Jais is the most popular hiking spot near Dubai and consisting one of the most tremendously amazing zipline activity called as Jebel Jais Zipline that has astounding vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges and the traditional Emirati villages. Wadi in Arabic translates to Valley in English and hiking in the valleys near Dubai like The Shawka Dam Loop, Wadi Helo in Sharjah, and Wadi Money in Ras Al Khaimah is a great choice for beginners as the trails are short and simple with brimming wildlife.

Mountain hiking trails in Dubai which includes the Hatta hike and Jebel Hafeet peak hike in Abu Dhabi are thrilling and the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains atop the summit are mind blowing. Al Qudra Lake Sanctuary has a picturesque walking/hiking path from where you can bird watch and enjoy the sceneries of an oasis.

The best time for hiking near Dubai trips is during the winter months from late October to late February when the day temperatures are usually around 25 degrees Celsius. Being a desert, it is highly recommended that you dress appropriately and carry at least 3 litres of water on all your hiking explorations.

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Which are the best hiking Trails in and near Dubai?

1. Jebel Jais, Ras Al KhaimahJebel Jais in the Hajar mountain range is UAE's highest peak that soars to about 194 metres above mean sea level. There are six unique hiking trails that take you on a breathtakingly beautiful hike through the mountain ecosystem.

This 16 km hiking in Dubai trail is divided into a 11.7 km lower segment trail and 4.3 km upper segment trail. Enroute tourists can enjoy amazing vistas from the mountain and spot many mountain goats and donkeys. The hike to the peak's summit is through steep terrain and Emirati villages. One can expect lots of sun and hence it is highly advisable to carry enough water to get going.

2. Hajar Hiking Trail, FujairahLocated in the East Coast of UAE, the Hajar mountain ranges in Fujairah is one of the challenging paths for hiking in Dubai. The hiking trail is pretty steep and stretches for about 5 kms passing through beautiful old settlements of the region.

The landscape of the region is completely dry with absolutely no trees that mimic walking on the moon. The hike starts from the Dibba Valley and ascends up through twisted routes. From the top, the view of the Lake glistening in the sun offers a resplendent view.

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3. Wadi Monay, Ras Al Khaimah: This hiking route is about a 1.5 hour drive away from Dubai and extends for about 1.5 kilometers. The trail is simple and the major part of the hike is just walking through the wadi(valley) that has unique desert plants, rocks, and animals over the ridge.

The hike is completed in about 3 hours and takes you through remnants of ancient societies. The views of the Hajjar mountains during the hike are mesmerizingly beautiful. If you are travelling with kids and looking for the best destination for hiking in Dubai, this is the best bet!

4. Hatta Hike: Engulfed by the majestic Hajar mountains, Hatta is one of the best places to go mountain hiking in Dubai. The hike from Hatta Dam through Hatta valley to the summit takes you through a trail of about 6 to 7 km. On the way, hikers can enjoy diverse terrain like sandy patches, sharp rocks, and the preserved heritage areas of Hatta during the 4 to 6 hours of hike.

This trail is considered one of the easiest in Dubai and is great for beginners and tourists hiking with kids. The sun spreads its rays all across the mountains here making the place look surreal promising amazing backgrounds for pictures. However, the mobile network is intermittent here and hence, hikers are required to come prepared.

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5. Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain: Jebel Hafeet is the highest peak in Abu Dhabi and the hike here starts from Green Mubazzarah park at the foot of Jebel Hafeet to the Phone tower. This is considered the most adventurous hiking in the Emirates.

The first 3 kms of the hike is through steep inclination and the hike does test your stamina. After that, the hike gets pretty easier. The climb takes a total of about 3 to 4 hours and the best time for hiking in Dubai to explore this natural bounty is during sunrise and sunset. Government permission is required for this climb and it is advisable to carry hiking poles, sufficient water, and adequate sun protection.
6. Wadi Helo, SharjahWadi Helo is one of the prominent historic sites in Dubai and a hike here lets you explore the watchtowers, castles, forts, and houses of this ancient town. This is one of the offbeat hiking trails in Dubai because of the rugged terrain and the inundating wilderness.

The vistas from the Wadi Helo fort and watchtowers are absolutely beautiful making the challenging hike worth every sweat. Hikers on this trail can spot many wild donkeys and exotic birds like Indian rollers and red-nose parakeet. Full moon nights at Wadi Helo are heavenly and is considered the best time to indulge in this hike.

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7. Al Qudra Lakes, Dubai: Al Qudra Lakes Sanctuary is an oasis located close to Dubai that is considered one of the most pleasant hiking trails in Dubai to pause from desert views and to bask in the beauty of an oasis. The hiking trail in the Al Qudra Lakes is more like a walking trail and is ideal for novice hikers and hikers with kids.

As you hike through the lakes within the sanctuary, hikers can spot many desert foxes, oryx, flamingoes, Steppe Eagle, the Asia Houbara, and many others. Being a very popular tourist destination, Al Qudra Lakes gets extremely crowded on weekdays, and it is highly suggested to go for hiking trips to Al Qudra Lakes on weekdays, that too during sunrise.

8. The Shawka Dam Loop: The 10-kilometer long Wadi Showka Hiking Loop is one of the easiest hiking trails in Dubai that happens mostly on flat terrain. The trail initially starts with a climb up the staircase to reach the mountain.

And, then, descend down to reach the Showka Valley to enjoy the beautiful walking path around the Showka Loop. The walking loop along the dam is mostly open stretches with alluring desert sceneries and one can spot wildlife like desert donkeys, camels, goats, and several birds during this hike. The best time to go on this hiking trip is from September until June.

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What is the best time for hiking in Dubai?

The best time for hiking near Dubai  is during the winter months from November to February when the climate is usually pleasant, humidity is less, and the sun is more forgiving. Incase, if you are visiting Dubai during the other months of the year, go for hiking trips during sunrise and around sun sets when the scorching sun is a little milder.

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How long does it take to climb Jebel Jais?

The Jebel Jais hiking trail spans for about 16 kilometres and it takes about 5 hours to cover the distance by a normally healthy person.

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How do you get from Dubai to Hatta?

The distance between Hatta and Dubai is 133 km and several state-run buses ply in this route. You can also hire a car to get to Hatta from Dubai. The Dubai-Hatta route is great for biking as well and so you can also rent a bike in Dubai and embark on a biking trip to Hatta.

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How long is the hike to The Hatta sign?

Hatta is a great place for hiking near Dubai and the hike to the Hatta Sign from Hatta dam is about 6 to 7 km.

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Why is Jebel Hafeet so special?

Jebel Hafeet is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Cultural Sites of Al Ain The Jebel Hafeet mountain is one of the best places for hiking near Dubai and has a rich biodiversity. The sunrise and sunset views atop the mountain are incredible.

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How do I get to Al Qudra Lake?

The only way to reach Al Qudra Lake is by car as there are no buses to Al Qudra Lake. It is around 50kms from Dubai city center.

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