Those of us in the Middle East have a wealth of holiday spots on our doorstep, from the skyscrapers of Dubai to Oman’s Wadi Bani Khalid. However, Hatta may soon be making it on to our travel bucket list, thanks to a series of projects set to turn the mountainous exclave into a weekend hideaway. Hatta, situated high in the Hajar Mountains, is the subject of new tourism plans, which will introduce Hollywood-style signage, idyllic mountain lodges, and boutique trailer hotels to the UAE.
The eco-friendly project is being driven by developer Meraas, as part of a development plan for Hatta first announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2016. “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,” said HE Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman at Meraas.
Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at @MeraasDubai: Supporting & enhancing the integration of leisure, hospitality, tourism and transportation is key to transforming this highly popular destination into a world-class area that offers families a diverse leisure experience. #Dubai pic.twitter.com/XTpgHoBP2E
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 10, 2018
The first addition to the landscape will be a large sign nestled in the Hajar Moutains, spelling out Hatta, with an effect reminiscent of the iconic Hollywood backdrop. The area will also welcome an adventure centre, tourism information hub, and shopping destinations filled with local handicrafts and products. Residents and tourists alike will also have picturesque new accommodation options, with 20 mountain lodges, complete with tranquil views, set to open in the last quarter of this year. A hotel constructed of retro-style trailers will also be built on the banks of the Hatta dams, allowing guests to glamp in style. The second phase of the project will include the opening of shops and restaurants, according to Dubai Media Office. We’re already planning a long weekend…