A four-hour journey takes you to one of the most popular beaches on the East coast. You can admire the beautiful and dramatic Hajar Mountains stop at the traditional and popular ‘Friday Market’, passes through agricultural areas and sees the picturesque fishing villages of Khorfakkan and Dibba. After a swim and a break for lunch at the Sandy Beach Hotel, visit the oldest mosque in the UAE and discover the ancient ‘Ghost City’ and the Emirate of Fujairah’s Portuguese fort. Fujairah is a remarkable emirate, with the coast extending from the mouth of the Arabian Gulf down to the Indian Ocean; it has long been a major trading port.
- Day trip from Dubai to the northeastern tip of the United Arab Emirates
- Admire the staggering Hajar Mountains between the capital and the coast
- Discover the desert towns and coastal villages of Al Ahaid and Dibba Al-Hisn
- Visit Al Bithnah Fort and Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE
- Shop for Arabian rugs, pottery, antiques and more at the Masafi market
- Transport by comfortable air-conditioned coach
Hop aboard your comfortable, 4×4 at your central Abu Dhabi hotel in the morning. Settle into the air-conditioned interior and with your driver-guide at the wheel, set off on your journey through the UAE’S stark desert landscapes. Head toward the UAE-Oman border and Hatta, an old trading settlement with a historical fort and rock pools, nestled high in the craggy Hajar Mountains. Watch as the terrain shifts from open plains to dunes and rocky mountain slopes, and after roughly two hours on the road, arrive at Hatta Heritage Village. A recreation of an old mountain hamlet dating back to before the 20th century, the complex comprises dwellings and buildings built from mud, palm leaves, reeds and stone — just as they were in bygone days. Head inside with your guide to stroll around the simple houses, mosques and watchtowers and see the displays of weaponry, handicrafts and traditional dress that showcase what life was like here until the mid-1900s. See Hatta Fort as you learn more about the region’s history, and then climb back inside your 4×4 to venture deeper into the desert. Take a break to enjoy a packed lunch of a burger and soda, and then continue to Jebel Maleihah, otherwise known as Fossil Rock. This large rocky outcrop rears sharply from the sands and gets its nickname from the many ancient marine fossils embedded in its slopes. Hop out to look for these swirling, aeons-old fossils — imprints of shells and tiny marine creatures that lived on the ocean floor when the Arabian Peninsula was covered by the sea millions of years ago. Then, make your way to nearby Camel Rock. Take snaps of this unmissable desert rock formation that resembles a camel, and then return to Dubai where your day trip ends at your hotel.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
- No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements