His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai has approved six new projects in Hatta as part of the Hatta development plan.
Sheikh Mohammed has announced the construction of 504-km-long chairlifts, Dubai mountain peak at an altitude of 1,300 meters, Hatta sustainable waterfalls, a world-class hotel, and hiking trails to Jebel Umm Al Nisour, at 1,300 meters. Residents of Hatta will be also permitted to build 200 vacation homes in order to boost domestic tourism in the district.
The ‘Dubai Mountain Peak’ and ‘Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls’ projects, which will be implemented by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), aim to support Hatta’s development plans and strengthen its position as one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the emirate of Dubai and the UAE.
“The development and tourism projects in Hatta will have a significant impact on promoting national tourism and providing distinctive tourism and cultural experience for visitors and the community. A decent life for our citizens will remain our goal in all our projects.”
Dubai started its development project at Hatta in 2016. According to officials, tourists doubled from 60,000 to one million in 2020, and the new projects by DEWA are expected to offer 500 jobs for young people of Hatta. The new holiday homes will provide an annual income of more than $27.2 million for the people of the region.
Hatta, due to its unique lifestyle, serves as an example for other small cities in the region. It has also become one of the most important tourist sites in the emirate in a short period of time.
Recently, Sheikh Mohammed has launched a project in Hatta to evaluate the feasibility of generating electricity using wind energy. DEWA has identified the location for a wind farm with a total capacity of about 28MW based on field inspections and available preliminary data on the wind in Hatta.