Hatta … The Dam, The Pools & Some Other Bits Too …

So I know it’s been a while since we last blogged but here is an update of our trip down to Hatta and the rock pools on Friday with a group of people from the Emirates Photography Club (EPyC) …

We had an early morning start, and Perry and I grabbed a couple coffee’s from the petrol station while filling up to perk us up on the chilly Friday morning … then we headed on to Dragon Mart to meet up with the rest of the group who were coming along … For those who don’t know Dragon Mart is basically China in a Warehouse! … It’s large – some say dragon shaped – joined up warehouses with a lot of little stores inside selling everything and anything you may need from home furnishings to power tools … from plants to children’s toys … literally whatever you can think of you can find there … it hurts my head walking around that place!

Anyway back to the main story … once we found our way to the designated meeting place in the car park we waited around a bit and it wasn’t long before others started showing up … there were a few tentative moments when new members approached us and the few people gathered around to enquire if they were in the right place … but eventually everyone found their way and we had about 40 people in total …

As Perry and I don’t drive a 4×4 and some of the terrain we would be going over would require going off road we opted to leave the car at Dragon Mart and join with Sarah and Cherrie in their wonderfully red 4×4 … so after transferring all our picnic equipment and photography gear into the back of their car and everyone else grouping up into 4×4’s we headed off in our convoy, of about 10 cars, towards the Omani check point …

At one point along the way a couple of the cars in front of us took a wrong turn at a roundabout we came to and so we (having taken the correct exit) pulled up a little bit further along to wait for them to catch up … and took this opportunity to take a few pictures of the mountain scenery that was looming in the distance …

Having soon caught up we were off again and passed through the first of a number of check points without any problems … and caught up with the rest of the cars in our group at a petrol station for a toilet break and to regroup … we didn’t stop for long and pushed on to Hatta where we pulled into a supermarket car park to discuss and agree the plan for the rest of the day … we decided to go up to the Hatta Dam first for a bit to take some photos there before moving on to the Rock Pools which were a bit further away … and to set up there for the rest of the afternoon …

We convoyed up to the Dam and everyone spread out taking photos of the scenery … some taking the opportunity to walk down to the water’s edge for a different perspective … I took the opportunity to try out my new lens and loved it … it’s a beautiful lens … and even though it’s quite weighty I can’t get enough of it! …

Perry had brought along his GoPro to take some video footage when we went off road and took the opportunity to take a few photos of me using my new lens … isn’t it beautiful?

Anyway so once everyone was gearing up to leave for the Rock pools one of the group decided to help tow a local out of a steep bit of track that he managed to get his car stuck in … however in the process of trying to do this good deed he managed to reverse into the car of another guy in the group … which didn’t do much more than dent the corner of his bumper but considering his car was brand new it was still an unfortunate blow … the stranded car ended up being pulled out by hand in the end …

It was then decided that we should go down to the nearest police station to get an accident report straight away so the matter was dealt with and we could then move on to the rock pools and enjoy the rest of the day … however in the process of getting there our car got separated from the rest of the convoy having taken a wrong turn at a junction … we decided that trying to find the other cars in the post midday prayer traffic that had developed, in an unfamiliar town would probably not be a good idea … and that we would just push on to the rock pools (guided by Cherrie’s Sat Nav) … and hope to reconvene with the rest of our group there …

After passing another Omani checkpoint we were well on our way to the rock pools through lovely desert scenery with mountainous backdrops … and long stretches of road twisting, turning and undulating through the mountains …

We pulled over in a couple of locations along the way … the first stop was so we could get a closer look at a white camel which had strayed close to the road …

And the second stop was due to a rather interesting looking rock formation, which looked like an arch … this led to some further exploring around the area where Sarah found a Fox skull …

As we got going again we realised how hungry we were getting and decided it was time to try and find the rest of our group … however this became a bit difficult once we noticed none of us had any phone signal in the mountains … as luck would have it we spotted a car pulled over at the crest of the road with about 5 people out in the middle of the road taking photos … we had found our group! … or rather part of it … we got some vague directions to where the rest of the group had set up camp we pressed on … after turning in a rather precarious location we finally made it, parked up, emptied the car and trundled down to the rock pools to join the rest of our group for a spot of lunch!

By this time it was well past 2pm and we were all starving … so the first port of call after saying hello to everyone was to eat … the group had spread out across the area with a few people having a BBQ on one side while others were eating with feet dipped in the cool waters … we and a few others laid out our picnic on some flat area of rock and began munching away at the feast before us …

Others who had arrived sooner and eaten were already off taking photos … and after filling up myself I went to join them … we had a great afternoon in the warm sunshine (both Perry and I caught a bit of sun that day) … and there were lots of opportunity to capture the beauty of the surroundings we were in …

Even managed to get some pictures of the local wildlife in the form of a toad and a dragonfly …

After a few hours down at the pools we decided to start packing up as the sun was setting … and after saying our goodbyes we went back the way we came heading back to Dubai and Dragon Mart where we had left our car …

We stopped again on our way back to take some photos of the sun setting behind the mountains …

We made it back to Dubai in one piece after a brief stop for some sweet Chai … and some precarious driving trying to get out of the Dragon Mart car park (it was insanely busy for 8pm!) … we finally made it home … shattered but with some lovely memories from our day in Hatta …

Stay tuned for an update from Perry with the video he filmed on his GoPro …

Anyways this was quite a big update from me so if you’re still reading this … thanks for sticking with it …

And if you fancy it please head over to my Photography page on Facebook to check out my new logo and some new photos … (oh and if you haven’t done so already you can click the Like button to keep up to date on new photos and other news) …

Till next time …

Mina X


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17 thoughts on “Hatta … The Dam, The Pools & Some Other Bits Too …

  1. Really nice Mina, great job. Lots of pics and info….Keep it up. Just one suggestion if you don’t mind. Make your water mark a little smaller or reduce the opacity. Rest, you have done a great job….look forward to read and see the next one

  2. Hi,
    This is beautifully written travellogue, and lovely photos too. I’ve been to this place in Hatta only one time, but at that time I didn’t take much pictures. Now, you have inspired me to give it another try. Keep blogging, hoping to see more from you.
    Regards,
    Adam Backer

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