Beat the heat at Hatta Pools

With the temperatures breaching 40 degrees again, most people are retreating into the aircon.

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But that just means it’s time for the annual Hatta Pools trip on Friday June 13, a route that is not just feasible but enjoyable in the heat of summer, as you can read from the reports of our trips last year and in 2012.

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The gorge is in two parts so you can do either or both. The upper bit is easy enough, but requires a 100m swim.

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The lower bit is more sporting but still doable.

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Then we’ll retreat back to the villa at the Hatta Fort Hotel for the usual evening shenanigans.

You can either book a room at the hotel or crash in the huuuuge villa and chip in to the cost the next morning.

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HOW TO GET THERE:

Hatta’s about two and a half hours drive from Abu Dhabi. You need your passport or ID card because you cross three borders on the way to the pools and two just to get to the hotel. We’ll LEAVE from the villas at the hotel at 4.30pm sharp. Bring your ID card with you cos there’s still one more border to cross to get to the pools. It’s 2WD friendly to within about 2km of the pools.

Yalla! let’s do it.

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Sandpit Hash on Lulu Island

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It’s that time of year again. The water’s warm again, even for us wusses, and the evening temperatures are perfect.

Before it gets stupidly hot, we’ll have the annual Sandpit Hash on Lulu Island on Friday May 16. The run will start at 6pm.

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The usual Sandpit rules apply: the run fee provides the beer stop, some down-downs for the circle and, in this instance, transport to and from the island. You need to bring everything else. Everything. There are no facilities on the island other than a few strategically-placed trees.

Because the cost will depend on how many turn up, it’ll be somewhere between Dh50 and Dh100, but more likely to be near the lower figure.

How to get there: Boats will leave from Al Mina in Abu Dhabi at 2pm and 4pm. The first boat back in the morning will be at 8am.

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If you have trouble finding it, call me (SHJ) on 050 561 7087. Yalla, let’s do it.

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Warning: hashers may differ from those pictured.