Everyone would agree in saying that the UAE is developing at a fast pace. And the young emirate is ready to push its barriers even further again, only this time in one of Dubaï’s nearby jewels, Hatta. As announced earlier this week on twitter, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, just confirmed that six new development projects will be invested into the exclave. The territory which borders Oman will undergo pharaonic work to host various entertainment resorts and leisure centres to attempt to make Hatta the emirate’s new haven to lay back in.
“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 a distinctive tourism and cultural experience for visitors and the community.”
بدأنا في ٢٠١٦ مشروعنا التنموي في حتا تضاعف السياح من ٦٠ ألف لمليون زائر في ٢٠٢٠ ومشاريع هيئة كهرباء دبي الجديدة ستوفر ٥٠٠ وظيفة لشباب حتا، وبيوت العطلات الجديدة ستوفر دخلاً سنويا يزيد عن ١٠٠ مليون درهم لأبناء المنطقة .. وستبقى الحياة الكريمة لمواطنينا هدفنا من كل مشاريعنا pic.twitter.com/PQw7XKYm4m
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 21, 2021
Aiming at appealing to a wide and large audience to boost its annual tourist intake, the project will be inaugurated with new hiking trails, treks to the Jebel Umm Al Nisour (Dubaï’s highest peak), 504-km-long chairlifts, waterfalls, luxury hotels as well as 200 holiday accommodations to attract as many visitors into the province.
“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 young people of Hatta. The new holiday homes will provide an annual income of more than Dh 100 million for the people of the region. A decent life for our citizens will remain our goal in all our projects”
Will it be able to compete with Dubai ? Only time will tell. However with the promising instruments and means set to be used to bolster the area, the project is a promising one that we can’t wait to go explore ourselves.