Hatta Pools, Dam, Mountain, Kayak, Weather, Location, Photos, Videos, Reviews and Feedback from the travellers who have visited before.
Hatta Dam was built in 1990, is the ideal place to visit if you want to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. There are many off-roading trails around the place for 4x4 lovers. The entire place is a playing field for people like us, while our friends and family relax by the water. The lake offers various fun activities - an incredible way to escape the heat.
Hatta dam often surprises tourists with its stark contrast with the expectation of UAE. People come here to unwind from their urban lives and get in touch with the quiet serenity of nature. The views from a kayak in the middle of the lake are unbelievable. You can see the mountains in front of you, standing tall and steep, with the greenish blue of the water under you and the deep azure of the sky above. Kayak rentals are priced for all-day rentals, so you can explore every nook and corner of the lake.
This area is a Mountain Conservation Reserve. It offers serene landscapes and picture-perfect scenery and is hardly an hour and a half’s drive from Dubai. Many wealthy people made Hatta their summer home. The weather here is quite temperate - neither hot nor humid nor dry - a great relief from the city and the desert.
You can drive right up to all the great viewing spots, and click pictures or just enjoy the calm scenery. The place has some of the best landscapes in the UAE. Whether you’re looking for adventure or quiet calm, Hatta Dubai delivers both.
Hatta Wadi Hub by Meeras
How to reach
From Dubai, take Ras Al Khor Road (E44). Use exit 24 to get on Emirates Road (E611). Take the exit toward Sharjah-Kalba Road and go on this road for about 60km. Then take the ramp toward Kalba and go for another 26km. Get back on E44 and take the roundabout exit toward Hatta. From here it will only take ten minutes to reach the hatta dam by following the road signs.
Hatta Dam: https://goo.gl/maps/Na9T3ztZLv33qc458
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Hatta Kayak: https://goo.gl/maps/utuQdiC5yb2BnDBk8
24°47'04.6"N 56°06'45.0"E 24.784600, 56.112497
Hatta Camping: https://goo.gl/maps/Cxj8xR8WTvam2GEs9
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Hatta Mosque: https://goo.gl/maps/1rBeRyjTkwDN1cVBA
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Hatta Heritage Village: https://goo.gl/maps/oAXRqpeNbTyuwCVX7
24°47'46.7"N 56°07'06.6"E 24.796309, 56.118507
Hatta Hiking: https://goo.gl/maps/aPaYgYjkXP8Q3mkH8
24°47'14.5"N 56°06'59.3"E 24.787360, 56.116457
Hatta Lake / Mountain Conservation Area: https://goo.gl/maps/hhpGKyoUMG3tqvtS6
24°47'43.0"N 56°06'31.9"E 24.795265, 56.108870
Hatta Wadi Hub by Meeras: https://goo.gl/maps/JqVvCnqfdeHP1PL86
24°48'51.5"N 56°09'36.6"E 24.814316, 56.160155
Things to do
There is a lot of fun stuff to do in Hatta Dubai - kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, archery, and paddle-boarding. You can get floating donuts and tandem-bike boats which look like something built for a Top Gear special. Various pools have formed around the reservoir. You can drive right up to these places if you have an SUV, to get some nice pictures and take a dip.
Check out the Hatta Fort Hotel, which was designed with a retro-theme by Ajai Saran. This was renovated in 2017. This is a popular spot for many roads and offroad enthusiast to lay over or start their drives.
Nearby is the Hatta Heritage Village where you can get a look at traditional UAE in one of the oldest Arab villages in the emirate. In the village, you can go to the two 18th century watchtowers, Bait Al Wali, and the Juma mosque (Mosque for Friday Prayer).
A palm tree farm is located nearby in the Al Sharia site. Here you can witness the historical underground irrigation systems called the falaj. Falaj was how Emiratis survived in this area and farmed vegetables and grains for their sustenance.
You can always ask the locals or other travellers for instructions. The scenic route from the hotel up to the dam is littered with overlooks where you can park and hike to the less-photographed regions of the mountain. The dam only fills up after heavy rain. In the summer you can drive right up to the wall and watch the scenery from the vantage point. An SUV will be better for this. Many people drive around the dam and take pictures near the water. Some people just drive around to the Omani border, because this place offers a good opportunity to drive off-road.
Kayak timings are from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. Early morning is the best time to go for a hike since it is cooler and the air has more moisture. This way you’ll also avoid the crowds of tourists that visit this place year-round.
For boating activities, a single kayak or single water bike costs AED 60 for a day. If you want a guided tour of the lake, it costs AED 600 to rent a tour boat for 11 people for 25 minutes. If you take a Hatta tour, the cheapest is for AED 165, going up to AED 475 for full-day tours. An adventure tour can cost you AED 510.
It is important to note that swimming is not allowed in the Hatta lake. If you go after the rains, be prepared to do some mud-plugging, and make sure you have a 4WD SUV with an experienced driver. Otherwise, the road to the dam is paved, but off-road offers the best sights and experiences, and you can easily reach the less crowded parts of the lake.
I am planning to to go Hatta Lake for Kayaking Friday 09.03.18 morning. The venue opens at 8am and its 60Dhs per head for unlimited time.
I am attaching the route going to the lake. However i plan to take the Route B which crosses a wadi and just drive through it.
I have taken the route before through that wadi but half way only. This time i am planning to cross it and connect on the main road going to Hatta lake.
If any one is interested can join. Meeting point is the only ENOC station on the E611 at 6am.
Those interested please sign up on the below callendar link.
Drive in Wadi Shawka, Dam, Track, Camping, Hiking, Cycling, Weather, Location, Photos, Videos, Reviews and Feedback from the travellers who have visited before.
Wadi Al Shawka offers many adventures in one place from offroad trails to outdoor sports like cycling, hiking, canyoning etc. Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah is covered by Hajjar Mountains from all side and the valley is filled with rocky terrain, farmland, water pools, wildlife and plenty of parking and camping spots. Wadi Shawka is a perfect place for having a family picnics, bbq and get-together in nature.
Wadi Shawka is about 1 hour away from Dubai and Sharjah and approx 2 hours 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi.
Drive to Wadi Shawka Dam: You can drive any car there as it has a flat track path with a mix of tarmac road till Shawka Dam.
25°06'20.1"N 56°02'33.2"E - 25.105587, 56.042553
For offroad adventure, Wadi Shawka offers two levels of route:
Drive in Wadi Shawka - Easy (only for 4x4 and SUV): Instead of going straight towards the Shawka Dam, you can take right towards the Canyoning parking and follow the gravel track for fun and adventurous drive to reach right behind the Shawka Dam. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain and water together with plenty of shaded area for fun and picnic, bbq and games.
Starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/Mvx6PtcNecM2
25°05'50.7"N 56°01'57.2"E - 25.097427, 56.032552
25°05'42.4"N 56°02'34.6"E - 25.095115, 56.042931
25°06'15.4"N 56°02'47.1"E - 25.104281, 56.046412
Drive in Wadi Shawka - Intermediate (only for 4x4):
Perfectly bouldered and challenging track after Shawka Dam towards Wadi Esfai side, sometimes this route is inaccessible due to big rocks and deep water wading, so good ground clearance 4x4 with offroad tires are highly recommended.
Proper 4x4 with good ground clearance is must from this point onward
Wadi Shawka Starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/3jAgDXtLxsB2
25°06'11.4"N 56°02'57.2"E - 25.103179, 56.049213
Waypoint 1: https://goo.gl/maps/EgVjapcFY4S2
25°06'18.4"N 56°03'42.2"E - 25.105111, 56.061711
Waypoint 2: https://goo.gl/maps/pkx7h5aPrVL2
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Waypoint 3: https://goo.gl/maps/smFU7vDsV5Q2
25°05'54.9"N 56°06'04.0"E - 25.098587, 56.101118
Wadi Shawka Finish point: https://goo.gl/maps/Qi4T8ANNPiS2
25°05'47.9"N 56°07'20.2"E - 25.096628, 56.122282
25°06'00.4"N 56°05'04.2"E - 25.100111, 56.084500
Shawka Bicycles: https://goo.gl/maps/KkV1HkShpuS2
25°05'01.4"N 56°01'17.5"E - 25.083726, 56.021531
Shawka Cycling Starting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/Vy1UcLwtHTo
25°04'49.1"N 56°01'34.3"E - 25.080298, 56.026204
Shawka Hiking: https://goo.gl/maps/SxbJmM4Fd4z
25°06'47.1"N 56°02'01.6"E - 25.113092, 56.033769
Shawka Pools Access (easy): https://goo.gl/maps/aRigoiBv6Xw
25°06'13.8"N 56°01'37.4"E - 25.103821, 56.027067
Heritage Village: https://goo.gl/maps/hH9y2aS1Uzk
25°06'11.7"N 56°02'28.9"E - 25.103249, 56.041350
Wadi Showka Canyoning Parking: https://goo.gl/maps/6rJjHRafsfF2
25°05'51.9"N 56°01'47.1"E - 25.097745, 56.029747
Wadi Shawka Dam Aeriel View
Tripadvisor - 4 out 5 based on 25 reviews Google: 4.3 out of 5 based on 83 reviews There are very few grocery shops and restaurant around for quick bites and snacks, so it's always better to pack your food in advance, as choices here are quite limited.
25°05'54.3"N 56°01'34.0"E - 25.098421, 56.026111
25°05'53.6"N 56°01'41.5"E - 25.098221, 56.028185
Mosque for Friday Prayers: https://goo.gl/maps/oofPYFeLDsz
25°05'50.5"N 56°01'44.3"E - 25.097347, 56.028958
Small Mosque: https://goo.gl/maps/hiLPCvV5Dvw
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Best time to visit: October to May, when the weather is not too hot for outdoor. Careful during the rainy season.
Wadi Shawka Weather: Wadi Shawka temperature is slightly lower than the city temperature by 2-5 degrees. Maybe a lot lower if you can find a good shade under the trees.
Wadi Shawka Entrance Fees: There are no charges to visit or using public areas
Timing: It is open 24/7, 365 days, but to enjoy nature daytime is better.
Wadi Shawka Camping: You can camp anywhere safely, but be careful of wildlife especially after dark.
Essentials: Outdoor clothing and closed footwear, Online GPS is a must for driving (offline is even better), carry plenty of water and food if you plan to stay outdoors for long hours.
Keep it clean: Don't litter anywhere, because trash cans, plastic and glass kill wildlife.
Emergency: If bitten by a snake or a Scorpio take a picture or remember the colour and size and rush to the nearest hospital for a specific antidote for that species. Keep yourself calm, so your blood pressure and heartbeat stay low to help you minimize the effect.
Feedback: Please leave your feedback below if you have been to Wadi Shawka and like to add something more.
Wadi Shawka Track: In KMZ and GPX format below
Only Carnity Members Can download this complete Wadi Shawka Route Track
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It's a perfect time for enjoying some wadi excursion now after few sand off-road and on-road trips. Next on the card is picturesque landscape of wadi shawka in RAK. This will be soon next green tourist destination of RAK. Thanks to the Shawka dam that holds 275,000 cubic meter of rain water to slowly disperse evenly to protect farms and enhance the greenery of this beautiful wadi and preserve wildlife. It is ideal location for family recreational and picnic get together with bbq.
Plan is to enjoy the Shawka dam surroundings and find a good spot for lunch and bbq like always. After the lunch we will explore the wadi shawka track more deeper inside and hoping to exit from the back side of the shawka if condition permits or else return to entrance for safer exit.
Read more about what all you can do in Wadi Shawka
What to expect: Mountain track, Shawka Dam, Water ponds, greenery, birds, hiking trek & great company.
Date: 03 March, Friday, 2017
Meeting time: 12:30 PM
Meeting point: Last ADNOC at sharjah - kalba road
GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/sr2UeSoppzt
Level of drive: Slightly challenging after lunch, hence only 4x4 's with reasonable ground clearance are preferable
What to bring along: Stuff for BBQ or lunch with a little extra to share with all, grill, charcoal, lighter fluid and BBQ meat or chicken, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Approximate finish time: 6 - 7 PM
List of participants:
Gaurav Khanna - 050 5258706 Waqas Zohair - 056 1777392 Habeeb - 056 9761559 Kavin - 056 6442684 Mujtaba - 050 8100074 Srikumar - 055 9567471 Girish - 050 7446740 Rahul Rahimdad Kadwani - 050 6749099