We just decided on our next staycation destination – big things are happening in Hatta.
Hatta, which is only an hour-and-a -half drive from the city, has long been a hidden gem for Dubai’s adventure lovers. In 2017, a nine-kilometre trail through the spectacular mountains there was unveiled as part of the 10-year Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan.
Now developer Meraas has revealed the AED 1.3 billion project’s next stage – plans to make-over the picturesque region in the Hajar Mountains as an eco-tourism destination.
Soon a Hollywood-style Hatta sign will welcome visitors from around 450 metres up in the Hajar Mountains. An adventure centre and interactive tourism information hub are also expected to open at the end of 2018.
Tourists can stay in a 20-room mountain lodge or go glamping in a trailer hotel on the banks of Hatta Dam, where a German artist painted his huge mural of the UAE’s founding fathers.
To ensure the privacy of people living in Hatta, developments will be kept away from residential areas. Second phases of the project will include retail and hospitality outlets that nod towards Hatta and the UAE’s rich Emirati culture. As we’ve come to expect from Meraas’ developments like La Mer and Al Seef, we should expect “modern and sustainable material, with unconventional designs that each have their own character and charm.”
Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, says: “Hatta is known for its beautiful scenery – mountains, lakes, wadis, farms, dams and fresh air and the development of eco-tourism demonstrates our commitment at Meraas to implementing the vision of our wise leadership by creating economic opportunities for young people, local businesses and entrepreneurs in Hatta.”