HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai took to Twitter to share news of six new projects as part of a wider plan to make Hatta a tourist destination.
The plans include a sustainable waterfall, 5.4km cable car, a luxury hotel and hiking trails that lead up to Jabal Umm al Nusour which is Dubai’s highest peak at 1,300 meters. There will be 200 holiday homes under construction to accommodate domestic tourism too.
Sheikh Mohammed stated, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Some of these plans for the city of Hatta were first implied last year when Dubai’s ruler launched the “World’s Coolest Winter” campaign, a 45 day initiative aimed at encouraging more people to explore the UAE when travel restrictions meant that residents and citizens of the UAE couldn’t travel abroad for vacations.