If you want to go hiking in the UAE, there are many areas to go from well-laid out and marked trails to very difficult unmarked ones. Popular ones with families are Shawka, Fossil Rock, al Rabi, Seven Summits, Abadila, Tayyibah, Tawyeen and Jebel Jais. You can find information on all these trails and more on Wikiloc. (It seems Fossil Rock is now closed except with permission.)
Please do your research before going and ensure all safety precautions are adhered to as there are rescues from mountains nearly every weekend of inexperienced and/or ill-prepared hikers. There are many groups that offer organised hikes with experienced guides.
Here I’m sharing some of the easier ones, most of which are good for family hikes. For more difficult ones, have a look on Wikiloc. For guided treks in Fujairah, check our partner’s upcoming trails here
Hiking in the UAE
Wadi Abadila, Fujairah
The first part of the trail is an easy one for children to do and fun to see in the pools etc. so makes for a good family hike. It continues into a moderate dryer wadi trail which can go up to 12km. Its one way so you can turn back when you want.
Jebel Jais Upper Segment
One-way moderate trail of around 2km to first point or 4km to the next. There are shelters with benches along the way. Great views. There is also a more difficult continuation.
Jebel Jais Lower Trails
There are several trails which overlap. The Asbaq is suitable for families with the children but the side of the Teen trail nearest the road has paths near a steep edge so maybe not best for very young children unless you keep a good hold.
The Samar trail, the longest of the lower trails, includes parts of the other trails.
Seven Summits, Fujairah – easy family hike
A nice easy and fun one to do with children with forts on each peak, around 2km. Take me to the map
Al Rabi, Khor Fakkan
Easy but with incline, 5-6km loop with great views. Take me to the map
Tawyeen, Fujairah (upper part)
Very short hike to the top of the trail with a great view. This is just the end of a difficult long hike. You’ll pass the sign on the paved road to Ain al Sheria.
Ain al Sheria, Fujairah
A very picturesque hike with amazing rock colours and types. At one point, you’ll reach a large stone with lots of petroglyphs. The road to get there is not the easiest, the last part is off-road with some steep slopes and bends. See my wikiloc for more info or Instagram or Facebook post
Bidya Fujairah Adventures
Masfoot Trails Take me to the map
Actually this is a mountain bike trail, but you might try using it for hiking too if there are no events on.
Dahir Take me to the map. See more here.
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To see more visit Bithna Fort, Nature Trail and Hiking Trail,
After the winter rain, this is a nice trail with lots of pools and a little bit of greenery. It’s a one way trail so you can decide how far you want to go. It’s a flat trail but with a surface with rocks like very large pebbles and occasional points where you need to climb over boulders. Good trail to do with both children and dogs. Ideally you need a 4WD or AWD to get to the head of this trail and there is no phone signal in the wadi and before you reach the trailhead. See the wikiloc here or Instagram or Facebook post.
For guided treks in Fujairah, check ECC Adventure’s upcoming trails here