The best time to see these natural wonders is in the early morning or late afternoon, when a misty light settles over the peaks, casting deep shadows between the crevices. Tour companies such as Arabian Adventures (04 303 4888) offer day trips, taking punters through Wadi Sumeina, stopping for a dip at the rock pools of Wadi Shuwayyon and traversing the rough terrain of Wadi Ray. Tours often also pass through the undulating track of Wadi Khamees, which dips and twists towards Hatta town, offering glimpses of small rock pools and a traditional falaj irrigation system. Be warned, the natural spring water gorge has become a dumping ground littered with drink cans, plastic and uninspiring scrawls of graffiti, so hunt for an unsullied spot – and take home your rubbish.
From the Dubai-Hatta highway take Mahdah 64 and turn left on to a gravel track at the Sumaini signpost. Follow the track and you’ll reach the mountains.
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