Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visits Hatta.


How Dubai’s Hatta will change in 20 years


DUBAI – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the Hatta Master Development Plan.

The development plan will transform Hatta into an attractive local and international destination for business, investment and tourism in the next 20 years.

“Development projects in Hatta are progressing rapidly as part of a plan to enhance economic and social growth, strengthen environmental sustainability, and raise the living standards and wellbeing of the people of the area,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

The initiatives cover four pillars: Wellbeing, Tourism, Sports and Activities, and Sustainability. They will be implemented as part of a five-year development plan in the initial stage.

World’s Coolest Winter

Key objectives of the plan include conserving the heritage and natural environment of the area, encouraging mountain tourism and sport, and transforming Hatta into a year-round tourist destination in line with the World’s Coolest Winter campaign.

Bicycle-friendly public transport

The plan also seeks to improve public facilities and services for Hatta’s visitors and develop a sustainable transportation system that includes a direct bus service from Dubai to Hatta that allows passengers to carry bicycles and scooters in a compartment on board.

The transportation plan also envisages the provision of ride-sharing service in cooperation with the private sector and deploying tourist coaches for accessing heritage sites such as Wadi Hub, Hatta Dam, Heritage Village and Al-Tal Park.

It also includes the provision of an on-demand bus service for exploring Hatta using a smart app and a smart car rental service which enables cars to be hired on an hourly basis.

Longest mountain bike track in UAE

Furthermore, the Master Development Plan includes a five-year plan (2022-2026) to construct tracks for bicycles and scooters in a 120 km network connecting key attractions and residential areas. It also includes the construction of the longest mountain bike track in the UAE featuring world-class specifications that will host international competitions and events. The track will have rest-stops and integrated service facilities along its route.

The plan also focuses on supporting young entrepreneurs who own small and medium businesses, by empowering and enabling them to implement projects and creative ideas to advance sustainable economic development in the area.

During his meeting with Hatta youth, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on local initiatives and projects initiated by the youth, such as in the hospitality sector. The area features a number of motels managed by local residents, which are popular among tourists seeking to enjoy the area’s natural mountain landscapes.

Local farming experience

Sheikh Mohammed also launched the Local Farming Experience Programme, a tourist and economic programme focused on improving Hatta’s agricultural system and supporting farmers to achieve food and economic sufficiency by selling agricultural and food products to visitors.

Hatta Beach Project

The Hatta Beach Project aims to transform the area into a year-round tourist destination. The Project will create investment spaces and facilities, services, and activities for tourists in waterfront areas that will contribute to increasing tourist flows into Hatta.

Sustainable hotels, resort

A mountainside health resort will be built to provide tourists opportunities to practice sports and activities that are suitable to Hatta’s terrain.

The plan also includes the development of a tourist funicular system, the first of its kind in the region, to facilitate the movement of visitors to the dam site. A staircase featuring a unique modern architectural design will be constructed to enhance access to the dam with several rest-stops along the way. The project is expected to attract one million riders annually. ICA/WAM/Expat Media

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