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|23 January, 2019

Dubai's Hatta development projects see steady progress

Airstream-style trailer accommodation and lodges opened recently in the Hajar Mountains

Photo used for representational purposes only. Hatta Dam in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photo used for representational purposes only. Hatta Dam in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai government said all the development projects were progressing as per schedule in the Hatta region.

A 10-year Hatta Development Plan is already starting to take shape, with Airstream-style trailer accommodation and lodges opening recently in the Hajar Mountains, 115 km from Dubai, according to state news agency Wam.

A big part of the eco-tourism drive is glamping, a term coined due to the more lavish facilities on offer than on the standard camping trip, stated the report.  

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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered concerned government entities to speed up the execution of projects related to Hatta’s comprehensive development plan, that seeks to turn the city into a key touristic and investment hub that offers all requirements for decent life to its residents.

During his visit to Hatta yesterday (January 22), Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of giving priority to service, environmental and heritage-related projects, given its significance in preserving the national identity and heritage.

He was accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman director- general of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed was later briefed on the various projects being executed in the area, where he reviewed the map of projects that are being developed by Meraas Holding, where the company intended to position the mountainous area as a global destination for eco-tourism.

He was also updated on the key projects being jointly developed by Dubai Municipality and Meraas, which aims to rehabilitate and develop the environmental aspects of Hatta, as it is key for the development of tourism sector and preserving the heritage aspect of the area.

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