Dh29 million Hatta heritage project gets go ahead

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, approved the project, with work expected to begin in the next few days.

An artist’s impression of how the Hatta Heritage Inn and Market will look when complete. Work is due to start this week. Courtesy Government of Dubai
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DUBAI // Work is due to start this week on the Dh29 million Hatta Heritage Inn and Market project in the Hajjar mountains, Dubai Municipality has announced.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, has approved the project, with work expected to begin in the next few days.

The Heritage Inn and Market is due to open to the public by the second half of next year.

It will have 46 stores and three restaurants, in addition to prayer rooms, toilets and an administration office. The market, which will sell a range of traditional crafts, will be located on the main road between Hatta and Oman.

It will cover an area of 92,500 square feet, taking advantage of spectacular views of the Hajjar mountains.

A multi-purpose exhibition hall and 32-room hotel are also included in the plans, with half of the hotel’s rooms overlooking the area’s wadis.

The project is part of plans to create a heritage landmark and tourist attraction in the enclave of Hatta, which has a reputation as one of the emirate’s most idyllic beauty spots.

Located 115 kilometres from Dubai city, Hatta is popular with tourists who come to visit the area’s hilltop forts, mountains, waterfalls and natural pools.

The village of Hatta includes two 18th-century watchtowers and the Juma mosque.

Dubai Municipality’s designs for the project will follow its green building standards to ensure that the project will be eco-friendly and only use environmentally safe materials.

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