Dubai’s Hatta in top 50 most beautiful small cities in the world

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A view of Hatta, Dubai. ARCIVE

Dubai’s Hatta was named among the world’s 50 most beautiful small cities of 2023, according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, said the recognition is testament to the Dubai Ruler’s “vision for development”.

Sheikh Hamdan said that the Dubai leadership is “not only focused on turning Dubai into one of the world’s greatest cities but also developing the emirate’s countryside and transforming its towns into beautiful destinations.”

Hatta, a mountain enclave, is about an hour and a half drive from Dubai. It is one of the go-to places for glamping and camping, with the Hajar Mountains in the backdrop. Hatta is also a favourite spot for dune bashing, zip lining, hiking or mountain biking. Nature lovers will marvel at the surprises in store in Hatta, with its swathes of desert, rock pools and water pools with crystal clear water for swimming. The Hatta Dam is a popular place for kayaking.

Meanwhile, four Arab cities also made it to the Top 50 Most Beautiful Small Cities in the World list: Moulay Idriss Zerhoun in Morocco, Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia, and Siwa Oasis in Egypt.

50 most beautiful small cities around the world in 2023

1. Albarracín, Spain

2. Ban Rak Tai, Thailand

3. Banos, Ecuador

4. Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

5. Biei, Japan

6. Bled, Slovenia

7. Bocas del Toro, Panama

8. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA

9. Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

10. Combe Castle, England

11. Esperance, Australia

12. Giethoorn, The Netherlands

13. Gokayama, Japan

14. Gordes, France

15. Goreme, Turkey

16. Guatape, Colombia

17. Hallstatt, Austria

18. Hatta, United Arab Emirates

19. Ilulissat, Greenland

20. Iroya, Argentina

21. Ichan Kala, Uzbekistan

22. Kaikoura, New Zealand

23. Kalk Bay, South Africa

24. Kralendijk, Bonaire

25. Lamu, Kenya

26. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

27. Luang Prabang, Laos

28. Lüderitz, Namibia

29. Lunenburg, Canada

30. Mandawa, India

31. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco

32. Navala, Fiji

33. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

34. Paraty, Brazil

35. Pengliburan, Indonesia

36. Port Ferry, Australia

37. Praiano, Italy

38. Racura, Colombia

39. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

40. Sai Kung, Hong Kong

41. Sapa, Vietnam

42. Sayulita, Mexico

43. Sedona, Arizona

44. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

45. Sitka, Alaska

46. Siwa, Egypt

47. St. Augustine, Florida, USA

48. Tepoztlán, Mexico

49. Viñales, Cuba

50. Xuzhouang, China

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