Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has approved the awarding of a contract for the construction of internal roads in the Makan Community in Hatta.
The move comes as part of the Dh1.3 billion Master Development Plan for Hatta, endorsed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The project involves the construction of roads extending 8km, at a cost of Dh30 million.
“The project includes the construction of internal roads, car parks, pavements and street lighting in the Makan Community, which has 346 houses constructed by the Mohammad Bin Rashid Housing Establishment. The project will be completed in seven months,” said Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s director-general.
“In the near future, RTA will embark on the construction of Hatta Gate Project, which will add a touch of beauty to the entrance to Hatta, which features several tourist, historical and natural landmarks. Hatta Gate boasts a unique design that reflects the identity of Hatta and its natural surroundings. The design of the Gate creatively reflects the beautiful and distinctive topography of the area that is dotted with mountains and cliffs, with successive columns of different configurations depicting the unique scenic beauty of Hatta. With its high vertical shape, which symbolises the towering mountains of Hatta, the project seeks to create unforgettable memories for visitors.”
He added: “RTA intends to undertake a series of projects in Hatta in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, including the construction of a road linking Dubai with Hatta via Lehbab at an estimated cost of Dh54 million. RTA will design and construct residential roads at the Crushers Area in Hatta and upgrade the infrastructure as well as roads and transit services to ensure they are aligned with the future development plans of the area.
“RTA is committed to improving the roads network to meet the needs of the demographic and urban expansion and the associated growth in traffic movement. Such improvements will facilitate traffic flow and people mobility in Hatta in line with the master development plan of the area endorsed by [Shaikh Mohammad],”
Over the past few years, RTA has implemented a number of road projects in Hatta, stretching about 150km, linking Hatta with neighbouring areas. It also rehabilitated Jima Dam. Last year, it undertook the maintenance of Jima–Fay Road and completed 50 per cent of roads linking farms to facilitate the movement of people.
In terms of transportation, RTA built the Hatta-Dubai bus station and runs the service, which is used by about 250,000 passengers every year. A taxi service office had been opened in the area, and taxis are being provided to transfer patients who do not require ambulance service from Hatta Hospital to Dubai hospitals. A bus route linking key areas of Hatta has also been opened.