Everybody knows about the deserts and dunes in Dubai but if you’re prepared to travel just a little further inland you can add a mountain range to the available environments. The Hajar mountains are the largest in the Arabian Peninsula and border the UAE and Oman. You’re very unlikely to spot snow-capped peaks at any time of year but rugged beauty and craggy backdrops are standard. Make the Hatta Fort Hotel your base for exploring and take one of the large chalet-style rooms. The hotel grounds are vast but we encourage you to get out into the mountains for some trekking and a visit to the Hatta Pools. Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta, Dubai. (04 809 9333).
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