Hatta, an area just outside of Dubai that takes you far away from the city’s fast life of glitz and glamour, is getting a major update. Nestled high in the Hajar mountains, Hatta is home to scenic hiking trails, a picturesque lake, and a mosque built in 1780. This mountainous town is where city dwellers get their dose of adventure and natural beauty. As part of the Hatta development plan, which started in 2016, Sheikh Mohammed has just approved six new projects that will give the town a new update. This initiative aims to not only further boost tourism in Hatta, but also to provide hundreds of jobs to Hatta’s youth.
The projects announced by Sheikh Mohammed include the establishment of chairlifts, sustainable waterfalls, a world-class hotel, and hiking trails to the highest peak in Dubai (Jebel Umm Al Nisour, at 1,300 meters). The chairlifts will be able to transport tourists to the mountain peak while crossing the Hatta Dam Lake and the hydroelectric power station project in the town. Meanwhile, the sustainable waterfalls will see new aquatic life introduced in the water stream, and will serve as a key attraction for families. Additionally, Hatta residents will also be allowed to build 200 holiday homes to support domestic tourism in the district.
“In 2016, we started our development project in Hatta. Tourists doubled from 60,000 to one million in 2020, and the new projects by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will provide 500 jobs for young people of Hatta. The new holiday homes will provide an annual income of more than Dh100 million for the people of the region. A decent life for our citizens will remain our goal in all our projects,” says Sheikh Mohammed. “Hatta is a model for small cities in the region. It has turned within a short period of time into one of the most important tourist destinations in the emirate, thanks to its different lifestyle. The development and tourism projects in Hatta will have a significant impact on promoting national tourism and providing a distinctive tourism and cultural experience for visitors and the community,” he further adds.
The ‘Dubai Mountain Peak’ and ‘Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls’ project, which will be implemented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), aim to support development plans in Hatta and enhance its position as one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the emirate of Dubai and in UAE.
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