Meraas recently shed light on a number of game-changing projects that are due to boost tourism in Hatta, Dubai, while simultaneously bolstering the area’s social and economic development.
The first phase of these projects is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will position Hatta as an eco-tourism hub in the region. Meraas will strongly focus on adhering to the highest global sustainability standards for design and construction, with building materials complementing and enhancing the natural environment without negatively impacting it.
Group chairman, Meraas, HE Abdulla Al Habbai declared: “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.
“Supporting and 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.”
He continued: “We have worked to establish effective partnerships between Meraas and the people of Hatta in order to ensure projects meet the aspirations of present and future generations and that the area is equipped to receive more visitors to historical, social and cultural heritage sites, as well as indulge in a distinctive shopping experience of handicrafts and agriculture products and enjoy authentic Emirati cuisine in Hatta.”
The inaugural tourism-related addition to Hatta will be a large ‘Hatta’ sign located at an elevation of around 450 metres in the Hajar Mountains. Following suit will be an adventure centre and an interactive tourism information hub.
The first phase additionally entails a mountain lodge with 20 rooms, all of which will grant guests stunning views of the surrounding landscape and numerous opportunities to relax.
Meanwhile, those visiting Hatta will also be presented with the opportunity to camp at a first-of-its-kind trailer hotel on the banks of the Hatta dam.
The second phase of the project entails a range of hospitality and retail facilities that will create further touchpoints between local and international tourists and the rich Emirati culture.