The rocky crevices, natural water pools and palm oases, and the proximity to Dubai (around one hour) makes Hatta Pools a good choice for a day trip or an overnight stay.
Hatta Pools is close to the Heritage Village and spending a night at Hatta Fort Hotel or pitching a tent under the stars, is always an amazing experience.
The Hatta Pools are a popular day trip in the UAE and for Omani people, particularly on Friday afternoons.
The best time of day to see it is in the early morning or late afternoon, when a misty light settles over the peaks, casting deep shadows between the crevices.
Campers can pitch up at the Wadi Al Qahfi campsite, which is perched above the river banks just a few minutes away from Hatta Pools. An enclave of Dubai nestled in the Hajar Mountains some 20km south of Hatta, the Hatta pools form at the base of a hollow ravine.
They fill up from natural spring water stores in the mountain and if there is enough rain during the year, there are two flowing waterfalls and it’s lovely to have a refreshing dive – especially when temperatures hit 50°C.
But sadly, some of the pools have been trashed by their popularity, with cans, plastic bags and rubbish, and graffiti over the walls, all sullying the swimming experience, especially after the weekend.
And be careful not to be in the path of people divebombing into the pool from the rocks above, who don’t care anyone to swim down the pool..
How to reach Hatta Pools – Oman
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Note: when driving to Hatta, expats now cannot cross any more the check points on the E44 on the border with the Omani part. They need to drive around.