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Hatta Crag Rock Climbing 

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Location: 24.893, 55.9311 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Toby Foord-Kelcey on Nov 29, 2010
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5.9ish on the left side of the wall.


Hatta is the closest cliff to Dubai and thus has a central place in "UAE climbing", though technically it is in Oman! The climbing style is either fun juggy overhanging climbing on weird blobs or crimpier stuff on a more compact surface layer over the blobs. Rock type is a resilient limestone, quarried nearby to make faux-marble flooring. The cliff will likely end up quarried itself one day but probably has a few more years left.

The cliff is described in detail in "UAE Rock Climbing" (2009)

There have been a few new routes since the guidebook was published, though none especially classic.

Getting There 

Drive east out of Dubai on signs toward Hatta town. The cliff is hidden in the hills north of the main road about 10km beyond the Madam roundabout and before Hatta town. The guidebook has a clear approach map.

Currently (early 2011) there is an informal police ID check for cars passing into Oman just east of Madam. It is not a formal border post - passports are inspected not stamped. The true Oman border post is significantly further east beyond Hatta town (which is back within the UAE! - are you confused yet?)

Climbing Season

For the Asia area.

Weather station 50.0 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Hatta Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian leading Jana's Solution

Jana's Solution 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Asia : Oman : ... : Forgotten Wall
Steep and very nice moves through overhanging start then harder and interesting moves at the second overhanging section. After the overhanging sections it turns in delicate face climbing on the exposed slab without using the arete on the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Hatta Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Slabby 5.10ish on the center of the wall.
Slabby 5.10ish on the center of the wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Don't remember the name of the climb, but a fun 5....
Don't remember the name of the climb, but a fun 5....

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By ClimbFit
From: Dubai,
Dec 14, 2010
By Larry Shaw 1
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 20, 2016
I thought this was a great area with good quality rock and routes. Nice variety of holds makes it feel like gym climbing outdoors.

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