An easy day-trip from Dubai is to the village of HATTA, a small enclave of Dubai territory around 115km from the city centre and close to the east coast. Built in the shadow of the magnificently craggy Hajar mountains, the village was founded in the sixteenth century and once served as an important staging post on the overland route from Oman to Dubai, as the watchtowers which dot the surrounding hillsides testify. Many people come to visit the Hatta Heritage Village, one of the UAE’s most appealing museums of traditional life, while the town and surrounding countryside is a popular weekend getaway from Dubai, partly on account of its fractionally cooler temperatures and lower humidity, although things are pretty somnolent during the week.

Note that until recently it was possible to drive directly to Hatta from Dubai along the E44, passing freely and without border formalities through a small slice of Omani territory en route. In early 2016 this formerly open border was sealed to all but Emirati citizens, meaning that to reach Hatta you now have to detour up and around Oman through UAE territory, adding around thirty minutes to the journey.

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