Behind the flourishing shift of Hatta, more of Dubai’s iconic countryside is set for massive new development.
Dubai areas Al Marmoom, Al Habbab, Al Lisaila, and Al Faqa are set for extensive development as well as an improvement of services, with both tourist destinations, increased employment, and residential developments. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced recently.
Al Marmoom is currently home to the Al Marmoom Reserve.
“The aim is to create new economic opportunities for residents of these areas,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in the announcement.
Dubai is also set to get three new neighborhoods developed in Al Khawaneej, Al Barsha, and Al Mizhar.
“Providing a high quality of life for our citizens is a priority,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid added.
The council approved the series of resolutions to set those plans in motion.
Dubai’s development in Hatta
In Hatta, more plans are still in store, with Sheikh Mohammed announcing last August that six new projects were on the way.
The projects include a 5.4km-long chairlift, a sustainable waterfalls project, a hotel, and hiking trails to the highest peak in Dubai, Jebel Umm Al Nisour, at 1,300 meters.
The cable car route, known as a Telefrik in European areas, will pass over the Hatta Dam Lake and the Upper Dam Lake for the hydroelectric power station.
The departure station for the cable cars will be built on an upper platform over the Hatta Dam.
The waterfalls project, known as The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project, will use the slope of the upper dam to design a natural-looking waterfall. The water will be recycled collecting it at the end of the stream and pumped back to the top of the dam.
Also, to support domestic tourism in the city, people residing in Hatta are now allowed to build 200-holiday homes.
Hatta - A million tourists in 2020
According to Gulf Business, tourists in Hatta increased from about 60,000 in 2016 to a million in 2020.
The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said “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 the young people of Hatta. The new holiday homes will provide an annual income of more than Dh100m for the people of the region.”
Sheikh Mohammed added that “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 distinctive tourism and cultural experience for visitors and the community.”
The two projects, ‘Dubai Mountain Peak’ and ‘Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls’, were announced in early January, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority are expected to implement them.
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