Khatt Village is just south of the city of Ras Al Khaimah and is Emirate-known for its hot springs and thermal pools. The springs are set in a peaceful valley at the foot of the Jebel Jais mountains and surrounded by archaeological sites and 19th-century mud-brick forts. The little village is known to have been occupied for over 5,000 years dating back to the Ubaid period. Locals have used the warm waters of the natural springs for centuries for their healing and therapeutic qualities.
The pretty village is in the shadows of the majestic Jebel Jais mountains, surrounded by palm trees and a lush green oasis. The sulphurous waters of Khatt Springs rise almost 30 metres from limestone bedrock and hold a constant temperature of around 40 degrees Celcius. The combination of intense heat and high mineral content affords the water medicinal benefits that soothe skin ailments and relieve rheumatic diseases and muscular problems. The healing powers have been used for thousands of years in various bathing rituals across Europe and Japan; the absorption of various minerals increases circulation and oxygen flow and intensifies cardiac output improving metabolism. Studies show that the heat and floating sensation can support your body’s joints and therefore decrease pain. There are three hot springs in Khatt village.
A team from the United Kingdom’s Durham University conducted various surveys in the early 90s uncovering various prehistoric stone tombs and other articles which suggest trade with ‘Dilmum’, or Bahrain. You’ll also find the 1880 Burj al Naqbi tower and a mud-brick watch tower. If you are feeling energetic and fancy a hike or have a 4X4, it’s worth the effort to explore the moonscapes in the mountains and wonder at the ancient craters and the silent gulleys.
Khatt Village, Ras Al Khaimah