September - May
At the foothills of majestic Hajar Mountains, the tiny enclave of Masfout, 120km southeast of Ajman city, is ideal for mountain biking. Meanwhile, the surrounding paved roads are well maintained and suitable for road cycling. Combine the two with an overnight stay in a charming mountain resort and you’re in for a treat.
If you’re coming from Ajman or one of the other emirates, drive along the Sharjah-Kalba Road towards Masfout and park up on the side of the road wherever takes your fancy.
Unload your bike, strap on your helmet and set off towards Masfout. The route will take you past rolling dunes and rocky countryside, before reaching the foothills of the mountains. For an off-road adventure, follow one of the many animal tracks crisscrossing the mountainside.
Then check-in to a chalet at Holiday Arabian Resort, a pleasant mountain resort in Masfout. Stretch your legs in the landscaped gardens or cool off in the pool, before enjoying a well-earned meal in the restaurant.
After the day’s exertion, you’ll no doubt want an early night, and the peace and quiet of the mountains means you’re bound to sleep soundly.
Refuel with an early breakfast, then set off at around 9am to beat the heat as you make your way back to your car and head home.