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Exploring the UAE: Top Winter Hiking Destinations

Winter Hiking Wadi Shawka welcomes beginners with diverse routes, ranging from quick rambles to day-long adventures. Ideal for families, this spot near Shawka pools offers clear trails and panoramic views. A perfect introduction to hiking, starting at Shawka Dam.

Hatta: Dubai’s Vast National Park

Location: One hour and 30 minutes from Dubai Dubai’s largest national park, Hatta, beckons with four trails of varying difficulty over 33km. Undulating hills, wadis, dams, and a heritage village await exploration. Family-friendly and equipped with toilet facilities, Hatta caters to all, including young children.

Ras Al Khaimah Hiking Track: All-Age Adventure Blend: Winter Hiking 

Location: One and a half hours from Dubai Offering a blend of bouldering and trekking, the Ras Al Khaimah hiking track is suitable for all ages. Ascend through a dry wadi, loop around the mountain, and enjoy a 5.5km adventure. An ideal mix of adventure and family enjoyment.

Al Rabi Mountain Trail: Sunrise Serenity

Location: One hour and 25 minutes from Dubai Al Rabi Mountain Trail promises delightful hiking with a clear path and breathtaking sunrise views over Khorfakkan. Covering an easy 6km, occasional steep sections provide scenic views of the Hajjar mountains.

Ain Al-Sharia in Fujairah: Intermediate Geological Marvels

Location: One hour and 50 minutes from Dubai Ain Al-Sharia in Fujairah caters to intermediate-level hikers with vibrant rock formations, ancient petroglyphs, and historical ruins. An 8.8km trail for visually stunning experiences—bring water and a 4×4 vehicle for access.

Wadi Helo: Historical Allure in Sharjah: Winter Hiking 

Location: One hour and 40 minutes from Dubai Offering historical allure, Wadi Helo in Sharjah’s Hajar Mountains features a wadi, a lagoon, and the historic Awhala Fort. Intermediate hikers can explore historical ruins and watchtowers, enjoying panoramic views of the valley and mountains.

Jebel Jais: Panoramic Majesty: Winter Hiking 

Location: Two hours from Dubai Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain, provides outstanding panoramas. With lower and upper trails, catering to various capabilities, this destination offers well-marked paths and guided tours for easy navigation. The upper trail rewards hikers with breathtaking vistas.

Jebel Hafeet: Advanced Trails in Al Ain: Winter Hiking 

Location: In Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s mountainous region Jebel Hafeet beckons advanced hikers with challenging trails. The Green Mubazzarah Park offers one trail, while the ‘smuggler’s route’ from the Desert Park provides intermediate to advanced options. Experience exhilarating hikes amid Jebel Hafeet’s scenic beauty.

Embark on these diverse trails, each presenting a unique outdoor experience amid the breathtaking landscapes of the UAE.

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