This website has been created by Christine and last been updated 27 December 2015

This is a non profit website. Our aim is to encourage fellow hikers to discover the beauty of the UAE's outdoors.
Mountains, wadi`s and deserts alike. We do not organize hikes; we hope you will discover a glimpse of UAE`s beautiful outdoors yourself with the help of this website.
Hiking in the Hajar Mountains can be truly exciting and challenging. You will experience the rough beauty of unmarked paths and wild country. With multiple roads being blasted through the mountains, this unique environment is disappearing fast.
This website is created by Christine and was last updated 18 Apr 2017
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HIKING in the UAE

Welcome to this website for hiking enthusiasts.

Need a break from Dubai`s hectic city life?
Want to get away from airco and traffic?
Fed up with dusty and noisy construction under your balcony?
Want to unwind and explore?
Hiking is a great option...

ďA journey is best measured in friends, not in milesĒ Tim Cahill

ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

HAZARDS

MOUNTAINS AND WADI`S

MAPS


We have often been told that one should experience the "real Hajar Mountains" in Oman.
But after hiking extensively in Ras Al Khaimah, Hatta and other areas, we can only disagree with this statement.
The UAE's mountainous part offers everything a hiker can dream of: great scenery, interesting plants, ancient settlements, unique geology, fascinating traces of the past, fantastic (albeit unmarked) hiking trails and so much more.
The Middle East is rich in "Wadis". In a moderate climate, a Wadi would be a riverbed with water flowing. In the UAE itís a dry riverbed. Prone to violent flooding in case of rain, but perfect hiking trails the rest of the time.
Choose the cooler months for hiking in the UAE.
Being exposed on a mountain plateau or a plain with additional heat reflected by the overheated rocks, can be threatening. Dehydration is fast and brutal. With little or no water on the road and extreme high temperatures in the summer, the hiking season is limited to the winter.

Don`t get lost.
There are trails all over the mountains but hardly any are marked.
Hajar Hiking is a rather recent phenomenon. Be aware of the character of the mountain.
 
The terrain is harsh: lots of boulders, steep escarpments and sharp rocks contribute to the uniqueness of the scene but also to the drawbacks.

Flash floods = don`t underestimate the force of water in narrow wadi`s and/or gorges!! Obviously flash floods occur mostly during the cooler months, when the chance of rain is most likely, but be aware they can happen all year round!

 

Maps. Great subject. There is an unconfirmed rumor about the existence of military British maps. If they exist, people who own them refuse to share. There is however good old Google Earth which is a fantastic help. Maybe its time to enter the 21st century and change compass for a basic GPS ?

ABANDONED SETTLEMENTS?


Tribes leaving their ancestral villages keep a few Afghani or Pakistani shepherds on their fields. Tending goats and keeping their villages maintained. It's eerie to hike through these near empty and abandoned villages but it`s part of the tribal life. Move to the coastal towns and enjoy electricity, schools, TV, cars and all modern comfort.
Needless to say that you should use common sense. Donít destroy dwellings, butcher goats for a BBQ, mark local settlements with graffiti etc.
Respect settlements and archeological sites at all times. Houses and farms may look deserted at first sight but lots of them are not! Trunks with tools, locked storage houses, water containers and other items are obvious signs of human presence and should be respected.
your Hiking Emergency Kit
To finalize: no need to be scared. The Hajar are safe. There are no wild animals, they are mostly covered by cell network. Just being cautious and preparted will keep you out of harmís way.
RAK BIG FOUR CANYONS
Thunder Canyon
Wasat Canyon
Trident Canyon
Rams Canyon
 
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