Walking with a very low chance of injury, hiking boots a good idea. Mostly flat terrain.
No orientation skills required. 4 hours maximum, at slow leisure pace. Children can accompany. Level of fitness: absolute minimal.
Introduction hikes with elevation gain of less than 200 meter and occasional simple scrambling. Hiking boots needed. Basic orientation awareness recommended. Little potential danger is encountered. Might include some easy boulders or crossing. Duration of half day walking at normal pace. Level of fitness: standard, carrying the Dubai stone or the Abu Dhabi flabby is fine and no obstacle.
Easy scrambling during the hike. Handholds might be necessary. A rope for safety is recommended as precaution but usually not required. 4 hours brisk hiking or 6 hours at normal pace. Terrain rather strenuous especially if exposed to sun and heat. Hikes with an elevation gain from 200 to 600 meters. Level of fitness: appropriate for those who have some hiking experience or fit beginners.
Simple climbing included in the walk. A rope is used. Hikes with an elevation gain from 200 to 1000 meters Full day hike over rough terrain. Bouldering in wadi, climbing on loose rock. Orientation skills needed or in presence of a guide. Duration: full day hike, 8 hours minimal. Canyoning: wet canyon with jumps in pools but without abseiling.
Level of fitness: don’t start unless you are fit.
Hike with climbing and abseils and/or with overnight camping. Ropes and harness needed. Very strenuous and potentially dangerous. Hikers need to carry food/water, tent, rope, harness and/or climbing hardware. 35 meter rope should be sufficient. Long hikes with an elevation gain of more than 1000 meters and occasional climbing. Rope might be deployed for safety or general support. Canyoning: wet canyons with abseiling Fitness : Better be fit or be prepared to suffer really badly.
LEVEL 5 +
Anything exceeding the previous categories. They are not covered in this website
HIKES PER REGION
The Northern Emirates…. where the Hajar Mountains are truly spectacular: a wild and rough environment with deep canyons, vertical walls, ancient man made stairways and donkey trails. The mountains in RAK are now more easily accessible with the brand new road leading to Jebel Jais. This road is partly opened to the public (the last 5km to the top is still under construction)
The Eastern Emirate of Fujairah…. lower than the northern mountains but not less beautiful… a lot to discover, not in the least the unique Wadi Wurayah: a natural wonder…
A bit closer to Dubai, hence more suitable for a quick hike in the weekend. Many great historical places, easily accessible.
Oman: a truly wonderful experience, easily accessible from the UAE. But with cumbersome border formalities nowadays…. Long distances to cover if you want to explore some magnificent wadi`s…. so make sure you go for more than one day. Snake Canyon is truly amazing, but there is so much more.