Khatt, Ras al Khaimah

View of Khatt from the Golden Tulip hotel

Khatt has been well-known for many years for its hot springs and a hotel and spa providing some treatments are built next to them. The pools can be accessed through the hotel for a charge of around AED 50.

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The village itself is believed to have been inhabited over a few thousand years with evidence being found from different eras including the Stone Age, Umm al Nar and Wadi Suq (Bronze Age periods).

Burj al Naqbi, the tower which still stands in the village, was built in 1880. The Naqbis were one of the main tribes settling in Khatt. Nearby is also a mud watchtower.

Door at Al Naqbi Tower, Khatt


Going up the mountain behind Khatt village feels a bit like going on a trip to the moon at some parts when you see the craters and deep gulleys with smooth plateaus at the top.

The drive up Jebel Khatt starts just before the Golden Tulip hotel and really needs a 4WD/AWD although I’ve seen a sedan coming down. Whilst some parts of the road are smooth and fairly flat, most parts are rocky and some steep with tight bends.

The road is also mostly one-way with no room to pass. Avoid in or after wet weather as it could be dangerous and slippy.

You can see a couple of farms and houses in the distance on that and the view over Khatt and interesting rock formations.

Once you get to the top of that part of the mountain, you can continue down the other side to Khatt Plateau.

There are ruins there and ancient graves and you might find gazelles and other wildlife grazing although they’ll probably leave when you arrive.

You can carry on beyond Khatt Plateau and the village after. How far you get depends on whether the gate higher up is open.

There are also hiking trails crossing this Khatt Plateau, one goes to Baqeel Village. You can find them on Wikiloc.

Khatt mountain
Khatt Plateau

 From the peak there is also another route to the left you can go back and come out beyond the hotel although it seems it is not always open.

Around Khatt

Habhab which belongs to Fujairah is nearby and has an interesting restored fort and a watchtower under restoration.

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