Sheikh Mohammed approves six new development projects for Hatta

02 Sep 2022
Sheikh Mohammed approves six new development projects for Hatta

A new plan for six developments projects in Hatta has received approvals.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the new projects as part of the Hatta development plan.

The projects include the establishment of 5.4km-long chairlifts, a Hatta sustainable waterfalls project, a hotel, and the construction of hiking trails to the highest peak in Dubai (Jebel Umm Al Nisour, at 1,300 metres).

Hatta residents will also be allowed to build 200 holiday homes to support domestic tourism in district.

“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 Dh100m for the people of the region,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

“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,” added Sheikh Mohammed.

The ‘Dubai Mountain Peak’ and ‘Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls’ project, which will be implemented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. These two projects were first announced in January this year.

At 1,300 metres above sea level, Jebel Umm Al Nisour is the highest natural summit in Dubai. The cable car route passes over the Hatta Dam Lake and the Upper Dam Lake for the hydroelectric power station.

The departure station will be built on an upper platform above the Hatta Dam.

The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project meanwhile will use the slope of the upper dam to create a natural waterfall. The water used in the waterfall will be collected at the end of the stream, recycled and pumped back to the top of the dam.