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Our Favorite Day Hikes: Jabal Qatar, Banana Plantation Treks in Buraimi

  • Jabal Qatar Unnamed Road Al Buraimi, Al Buraymi Governorate Оман (map)


This is our favorite Day Hike because of its proximity to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, just over the border in Al Ain, 2 short hours away.

Friday: Jabal Qatar: This is a beautiful hike with varied terrain. This will not be an easy hike if you are not fit and do not participate in fitness activities at least 3 times per week. However, if you already are fit, and you have never hiked before, you will enjoy this hike. The ascent is around 3 hours, and the descent is another 2 hours, though the way down is tricky. If you attempt to push through, you will have the option to turn around earlier and make this a 4 hour hike, leaving off the more difficult sections.

Don't worry, if you can't make the first ascent and complete the full hike, we will have our turn-around specialist leader take you on an easier route which will get you back to the hotel 1 hour before the others. This is a moderate hike, with lots of scrambling. If you are fit and relish the 'scrambling' type of climb, you will LOVE this hike. The fitter you are, the easier it is. You need some upper body strength as well for the climbing. This is the 2nd easiest hike that we do which does NOT mean its easy. We plan on people overestimating their fitness level, and have an 'escape hatch' for those who really can't complete the hike to still be able to enjoy it though they will not hike as long as the others.

We will hike the Banana Plantations through a nearby Wadi Sharm. This hike will take around 3 hours, we will finish and head back to town. We will have our packed lunch in the Wadi.

The hotel that we stay in is the very cute Wadi Sharm Hotel.

We will leave on Friday morning, our hike will start at 11 am noon as the mountain is shaded on the way back.

We will stay in a very cute hotel called Wadi Shams Resort. No need to fuss with camping gear, sleeping bags or the worrying lack of a toilet.

Saturday: Easy family friendly hike, with swimming! Wadi hike, 3 hours, easy enough for the whole family. Lots of swimming, gorgeous scenery. We will wrap up by noon on Saturday.

Cost: 750 DH

Visa fees: 85 DH

What’s included:
• 1 night in hotel
• Single room for an extra charge
• All meals packed lunch on Friday

Not included:
• Please buy 5 liters of water (4 bottles of 1.5 liters of water) at the ADNOC.
• Hat, sunscreen, hiking pants or shorts.
• You must have hiking shoes as indicated.
• If you don't have a backpack with a waist strap, you can request one from UAE Trekkers
• Visa fees

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at .


1. Where is the hike exactly? UAE or Oman, and do I need to get a visa to Oman? (

Yes, everyone will need to exit the UAE and enter Oman, and return. Check this map and you will understand the 'enclave concept. This is why we must 'exit' UAE in one place, but not 'enter' for another 50km. We will need to get exit stamps and pay 35dh to UAE in Buraimi, and pay another 50dh to get a visa into Oman. Then we will promptly turn around without actually going into Oman 'proper'. For a more detailed explanation, you can read about the history; we will do our 'border run' on Thursday night, rather than Friday after the hike which is why we are giving you dinner on the bus. You will be on the bus for 4 hours total on Thursday night, but only 2 hours on Friday back.

2. Where is the hotel? Wadi Sharm Hotel

30 minutes drive from the border. But, google maps are very unreliable and does not really even work in Oman.

Your best bet is to meet us at 8 pm. Sometimes the links are wrong, and remember, even if you're roaming, your data plan won't work unless you activate it, and you'll just have all sorts of frustration. Just plan to meet the group at the designated time, and you will have no worries.

Later Event: February 21
Kayak and Trek to Kumzar