A new tourism district is rising in Dubai, complete with sustainable waterfalls, mountain peak lookout, and holiday homes.
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced last month the approval of six new projects to the Hatta development plan, which began in 2016.
A major project is the Dubai mountain peak, which will include 5.4km-long chairlifts over a new 504km-long cable car station to reach the 360-degree viewing deck, perched at 1,300m on Jebel Umm Al Nisour. Hiking trails will also be created as an alternative to reach Dubai's highest peak.
Other attractions include Hatta sustainable waterfalls, a world-class hotel, and 200 holiday homes to support domestic tourism.
According to officials, the up-and-coming tourist district will serve as 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," said Sheikh Mohammed.
The Hatta project is also a means of pushing jobs for the local industry — the end goal for the emirate.
"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 Dh100 million (US$27 million) for the people of the region. A decent life for our citizens will remain our goal in all our projects."