One of Hatta’s major tourist attractions was until very recently the Hatta Rock Pools, around 20km from town over the border in Oman. A trip to the scenic pools, complete with a dip in the water, was for many years a popular excursion from Dubai. Sadly, the tightening of border security now means that visitors (except Emirati nationals) now need an Omani visa to access the pools – something which most visitors consider far too much hassle and expense to justify the relatively modest reward.

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