Wadi Shawka

Wadi Shawka, Ras Al Khaimah: Address, Wadi Shawka Reviews: 4.5/5

Wadi Shawka
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KsA
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
Nature Hike
Oct 2020 • Friends
It's a beautiful wadi with fresh water pools in winter after the rains. The scenery of the mountains and water pools is worth it. Only interesting for nature lovers. Best time to visit is in winter.
Written September 2, 2021
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Ha Vu
Dubai, United Arab Emirates91 contributions
The view worths the hiking
Jun 2020 • Friends
The view is spectacular. We went there with a group of friends. And we love it.

It was a fun day for us to climb up and see all the beautiful view. It worths a try
Written June 21, 2021
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Husni T
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates181 contributions
Fun hikes to the top
Mar 2021 • Friends
The closer you’re to the top the better the view. My first attempt with friends, could only reach half way to the top. Though we managed to get a better snaps after few stops running out of breath. Advice is, great to have a proper exercise before deciding to conquer this mountain! Come early in the morning for a better color of the surroundings and lightings people tend to spend night around and begin to climb whenever the light appears.
Written March 7, 2021
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KrissSantes
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates173 contributions
Family Nature Trail with Magnificent Views of the Mountains
Feb 2021
Wadi Shawka is a nice and safe place for family hiking. 1 hour drive from Al Nadha Sharjah, we arrived 645AM...should have started earlier. There was a thick fog on the Maleha highway so be cautious on those early morning drive when you hit one.

The parking near the playground/coffee shops get easily full early morning but there is enough down the Traditional Village parking. The parking in the dam is closed.

After 2 rest stops of the concrete stairs going the mountain peak, we took the trail on our right. Loose rocks but manageable even with our 4 year old. Cooked simple breakfast along the trail and enjoyed the sunrise, the view of the mountains. Then, a little bit of hiking again.
Rest of the family went back to the playground for badminton while I took the stairs up again. It is easier to walk on trails than the steps but this is the safest way to the top. Nice views when you reached there and more flatter grounds to cover.
We have BBQ in one of the sheds in the foot of the mountain opposite the Heritage Village gravel parking. Do not make fire or BBQ directly on the ground, the Municipal Inspector when to our place and made sure we follow rules and clean up. There is also a pond near this spot with small fishes.
There are trashes you can spot from time to time, water bottles, masks, plastics..please do not add and clean after your mess. There are municipal cleaners but they cannot cover everything.
Don't doubt, visit and enjoy nature.
Written February 14, 2021
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Thks_sl
Sri Lanka98 contributions
Shake dam and wadi trail
Feb 2021
Good place to visit with family during the cooler season of UAE. There is a BBQ area and ample parking but need to go early. It will get crowded later in the day specially in weekends.

Towards the dam you will find the steps to go up hill. There is a hiking trail starting to the right from few meter up in the steps. This will take you around the mountains in terrain just little more than 10 kms in total. Hike is not too difficut. You can do it with family and kids except few areas of moderate climbing. Spectacular view at the highest point is a bonus whoever reach there. Good workout too. Start early in the morning and carry enough water.
Written February 10, 2021
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JourneyWithUss
Dubai, United Arab Emirates841 contributions
GREAT HIKE, LOTS OF STEPS BUT STABLE & A GOOD WORK OUT!
Jan 2021
We visited the Wadi Shawqa in January when the weather in the UAE is delicious (I would not advise visiting in the summer months between May – September as you will burn to death!)

There was plenty of space for parking and there were lots of people there enjoying the hike. Everybody was really friendly and talking to people on the way up the stairs as they passed each other etc – it was a great experience!

The stairs have been newly re-built and are very safe & sturdy (albeit a bit steep). The steps take you to the top of the mountain and you can follow various different trails on the way down. Some of them require rough walking on rocks but it's not steep at all and poses no danger, just make sure you wear comfortable shoes and aren't too scared of heights!

There are some great views and photo opportunities from the top. Top tip to remember to take water with you (and any snacks if you can't go too long without food) as the hike itself can take up to 2-3 hours.

Overall we had a great day and would visit again soon!

Instagram: @journeywithuss
Written February 4, 2021
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geek-indian
Dubai, United Arab Emirates86 contributions
Lovely hiking trip
Jan 2021 • Family
This is a beautiful place just an hour's drive from Dubai. There are well build concrete steps to take you to the top. A very easy hike if you are an active person. Otherwise there are enough stops to rest as you climb. Once you get to the top, there are enough walked-by trails to explore the Wadi. Need to mind the loose rocks but worth hiking until you can trace back your steps to the concrete top 😉.

There is ample space for cars to park and kiosks selling hot coffee and snacks to beat the chill weather.

We stayed until sunset and drove back home. Definitely a good place to explore with kids.
Written February 3, 2021
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Kevin H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates140 contributions
Great Day Hiking and Fantastic Views
Dec 2020
We took advantage of the great weather and visited Wadi Shawka for the first time. Great day out and some lovely views and not too busy on a weekday, A bit of a slog up the steps they have on the first hill - and next time will divert around to go further and explore a lot more. Once you get past the first hill with the steps we pretty much had the mountains to ourselves and we will be back!
Written December 29, 2020
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Shamindra C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates50 contributions
Good challenging climb in the first hour
Dec 2020 • Family
The dam was largely empty given that we have had so little rainfall in 2020. The first hour (depending on how quickly you climb the steps - 51 floors as per IPhone count) is the most challenging part of the walk. Once you reach the top, the rest of the walk is relatively easier although you do get some loose stones to test your balance / agility.

We started at 3pm and came down at 5.30pm. Captured some lovely sunset pictures. There are places to rest / sit along the way. Perfect for winter weather and for those with a sense of outdoor adventure. Sadly no sign boards to give some directions.

The car park has toilets (not the best) and a camping area. There is a small shop too.
Written December 22, 2020
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Emeline T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates178 contributions
Fantastic hike !
Nov 2020
A great hike to start your day, careful the first 20mn are all about climbing the 200 + stairs, then you reached the submit and can enjoy a great hike.
Written December 6, 2020
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