Wadi Shawka

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Wadi Shawka

Wadi Shawka is a valley in the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. A perfect spot for a picnic, hike or just to escape from the city.

Where is Wadi Shawka?

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the 7 Emirates of the UAE and is about a 1 hour drive from Dubai. Wadi Shawka is a popular spot for a picnic, a day-trip, hiking or camping. It is an easy, well signposted drive alongside the desert on the Sharjah-Kalba road and is on Google Maps or Waze. No off-roading needed to get there. There is parking just put in Wadi Shawka dam park as the end location.

What Facilities are in Wadi Shawka?

The car park at Wadi Shawka is accessible for any car. It is advisable to arrive early on the weekend as parking can get busy.

In the car park you will find toilets (bring some toilet roll!). There is also a little van selling karak and some snacks. You will find a children’s playground too. It is possible to camp at Wadi Shawka although it can get busy.

Can we bring the kids to Wadi Shawka?

Yes! Definitely. We first took the boys when our youngest was only 3 and he managed a short hike!

There are numerous different hikes to follow, check Wikiloc for lots of different trails of different abilities. All the trails start with a climb up the stairs, there are a lot of steps but with many viewpoints along the way to stop. The kids actually managed easier than us – keep going as the steps are the hardest part.

What is the best Wadi Shakwa hike to follow with kids?

With the kids we always take an easy-ish route. It usually takes us about 1.5-2 hours in total with breaks.

After reaching the top and admiring the views, follow the trail to the right which takes you down another rocky path. Ensure you have shoes with a good grip as it can get pretty slippery.

Once you reach the flat part at the bottom of the downhill path, follow the path to the left.

This path meanders round rocky mountains, use the shelters to take snack stops.

Eventually the path brings you back down to the road close to the car park.


It’s a good 9000 steps on the Fit Bit, nice and flat after the initial stairs. A good family friendly hike we had minimal moaning and groaning. The boys and even Grampy enjoyed it!

The views were incredible, scenery beautiful and such a lovely escape from the city for a day. Wadi Shawka weather is the same as the rest of the UAE – hot! Make sure to wear lots of sunscreen and bring plenty of water. There are some shaded spots along the way but they are minimal!

Note that this Wadi Shawka hike route will not take you to the Wadi Shawka pools. You will need to check on Wikiloc for the route that includes pools.

Can I include a Wadi Shawka hike on a staycation?

Yes! Absolutely. Wadi Shawka hike is a great stop off to do on the way to Fujairah. Although Wadi Shawka is in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah it is closer to Khorfakkan and Al Aqah beach in Fujairah than Ras Al Khaimah beach resorts.

If you’re looking for a cheaper hotel in Fujairah we can recommend the Al Bahar Hotel. It is a dry hotel (no alcohol) but the Fujairah sailing club is next door where you can get a drink and sit overlooking the boats. It has a big pool and is on the beach with large family rooms. We stayed there for 3 nights and used it as a great base for hiking and exploring Khorfakkan and Fujairah.

Ticket Price

Ticket price for Wadi shawka entry if free.

Travel Tips for Dubai

Best Time To Visit In Dubai: The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March when the weather is pleasant and is most suitable for all kinds of outdoor activities. The Dubai Shopping Festival is also held during January and February, making it an exciting time for visitors. Dubai's high season is from November to April. This is when temperatures are at their most enjoyable, but you can expect higher costs for accommodation and more people at the city's main attractions as a result.



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About United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates located in the Middle East, known for its modern infrastructure, diverse culture, and thriving economy. With its iconic skyline, bustling cities, and vast desert landscapes, the UAE is a popular destination for tourists and expatriates alike.

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Contact Information

wadi Shawka, Sharjah - Kalba Road, Shawka, Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates


What is there to do in Wadi Shawka?

There are seemingly endless trails for hiking, running and cycling; the shaley rocks make for uneven walking and are not for the faint-hearted. Close to the dam is a recreational area with barbeque areas and a children's play area.

Is there an entrance fee for Wadi Shawka?

This brings an end to our post on the beautiful Wadi Shawka pools. We hope you enjoy your visit to this true RAK treasure. There is no entry fee to visiting the trail. In fact, it is one of the most popular free places to visit in Ras Al Khaimah.

How many steps are there in Wadi Shawka?

Just after the Dam, at the start of the Hike, they have constructed a tall Cemented Staircase with 700 Steps all the way to the top summit with a big View point. Please make it a point to climb all these steps and the views are great from the top.

How long is the Wadi Shawka hike?

Summary: An easy and scenic family-friendly hike through clear mountain bike trails with swimming in the pools opportunity. Distance: ~8 KM from the dam to pools and back. Duration: 2-3 HRS. Difficulty Level: easy.

Which emirate is Wadi Shawka in?

Wadi Shawka (literally 'powerful wadi') is a seasonal watercourse in the Hajar Mountains of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates.