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ABOUT THE HIKE:
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. This is a beautiful hike. 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. Early rise 5 hours continuous hiking. This hike is family friendly and for active kids 9+. Its a 5 hour hike, with a good 3 hour ascent up to the summits. 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.
Hop on the Trekker Bus from Either Dubai OR Abu Dhabi. No need to worry about carpooling. We will catch the bus from locations in Dubai, and another bus from Abu Dhabi. We will all meet at the Hilli Border Crossing, and then board 1 bus to the hotel.
I want to take my own car. Sure, meet us at the border, or meet us at the hotel. No issue. But the payment is the same.
HOTEL: DINNER, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED
We will stay on Thursday night in an very cute hotel called Wadi Shams Resort. make sure to bring your swimsuit to enjoy the pool after our hike! No need to fuss with camping gear, sleeping bags or the worrying lack of a toilet. We'll have an early breakfast at 6 am, and a shower facility after we return from our hike. You'll be back in Dubai for your evening festivities! The hotel is great, bring your swimsuit for an enjoyable post hike swim!
VISA CHARGES NOT INCLUDED:
You will need a passport, though you don't need a residence visa. 35DH TO EXIT AND 50DH TO ENTER/EXIT OMAN
Hiking shoes are a must. No to the following types of shoes that may seem appropriate: trainers, running shoes, tennis shoes, "trail running" shoes, football shoes, ballet shoes, cross fit shoes. Your hiking shoes should look like THIS; The only variation can be COLOR
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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 an read about the history; we will do our 'border run' on Thursay 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. What time does the bus leave?
Bus will leave at 5 pm from Dubai locations And 5 pm from Spinneys in Khalidya. The Abu Dhabi bus will stop in Khalifa city at 530 pm.
3. What happens if we want to join later, on our own, and drive our own cars?
The border process is confusing. By going together, we can expedite the process for you. If you would like to drive on you own, you can as long as you arrive at the meeting point of the Waha Mall next to the Hilli border post. If you arrive later, you can go through the exit procedures on your own. However, everyone will pay the same rate, regardless of whether your want to drive your own car or take the bus.
3. 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. Sometimes links don't work. Sometimes they take you to the wrong place, even in Dubai, but more often 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.
4. If I want to sleep in my own bed and just come in the morning, can I do this, and can I have a discount?
No, and no. This is the plan, take it or leave it.
5. Who will I share a room with?
Whomever you want, or whomever shows up next to you. We can get you a single room for an extra charge.
6. How hard is the hike?
It depends on your fitness level. 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 levels, 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.
7. What do I need to bring with me?
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.
Your lunch will be handed out in the morning at breakfast.
Refunds offered if:
Additional notes: Full refunds OR credit are offered if a request is received by email (not whats app) by November 28. The refund will not happen until after the hike is completed, and UAE Trekkers will have up to 30 days to administer the refund. Last minute cancel, no
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.