Craggy mountain peaks and crisp air make the mountain enclave of Hatta the ideal spot for adventurers and nature-lovers. Just over an hour away from central Dubai, there’s so much to do here, from taming the rough terrain on a mountain bike, to tackling the teal waters by kayak or exploring the cultural highlights.

Hit the open road and head to Dubai’s Hajar mountain range, literally translated as ‘rocky mountains’. Red grey rock outcrops contrast against blue gleaming bodies of water in an ethereal landscape that has to be seen to be believed. Hatta was once known only for its historic fort and small desert farms, but now attracts a wide range of adventure sports enthusiasts, in particular mountain bike riders and watersports fans.

Spend the night nestled in the lush green oases of the Hatta Fort Hotel or the luxe new Damani Lodges and Sedr Trailers, experience honey harvesting at the Hatta Honey Bee Garden, or try your hand at archery at Hatta Wadi Hub. For the fit and the fearless, pack your camping gear for a bike ride or trek through the unforgettable dreamlike landscapes. You’ll never want to leave.