“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu
About This Website
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.
Mountains And Wadi’s
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 it’s a dry riverbed. Prone to violent flooding in case of rain, but perfect hiking trails the rest of the time
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!
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 harm’s way.
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 ?