Sheikh Mohammed visited the new Hatta market and reviews the progress of work Image Credit: @DXBMediaOffice/Twitter

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday visited the new Hatta Souq and inspected the progress of work on the first phase of projects implemented as part of the Hatta development plan.

The first phase of the development plan includes 14 projects and initiatives. During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed approved the second phase of the plan, which includes 22 projects.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council.

Sheikh Mohammed visited the new Hatta market, which spreads a total area of 146,000 square feet. Image Credit: @DXBMediaOffice/Twitter

Hatta market Phase I reviewed

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Mattar Al Tayer on the projects and initiatives in Phase I of the Hatta Development Project. The Supreme Committee Overseeing Hatta Development has completed 14 projects and is presently engaged in the implementation of four more projects as per the approved timetable.

The completed projects include the development of a master plan for the Hatta region, which comprises a strategic framework and a detailed implementation plan for a package of projects and initiatives aimed at supporting the region's development.

The completed projects include an urban design guide for construction in Hatta’s unique mountainous landscape, apart from the Hatta Souq and Hatta Heritage Village, which aim to highlight the area's rich culture, history, and customs and enhance the cultural and historical profile of the region. The integrated services provided to both residents and visitors aim to further enhance their overall experience of the attractions. The Hatta Heritage Village is expected to benefit approximately 40 citizen families.

A 11.5 km track dedicated to cycles and mountain bikes was constructed in the initial phase, along with several quick traffic solutions aimed at improving road conditions and parking facilities in key tourist sites. Completed projects also included the provision of public and shared mobility solutions, such as e-hailing and shared rental services, in partnership with private entities as well as the construction of bus shelters and mobility hubs, parking facilities and a transportation hub.

An SME Hub was set up to support entrepreneurship and youth projects. The facility seeks to assist small and medium-sized business owners and encourage the youth of Hatta to realise their entrepreneurial aspirations.


Agriculture and landscaping

Phase I included planting over 13,000 native trees across the region including residential areas, cycling tracks, and roads. Phase I also saw the launch of a programme to support local farmers, and offer them guidance and resources such as fertilisers, seeds, and seedlings. A tourist farm was also established to provide a distinctive experience for visitors.

The initiatives implemented also comprised educational institutions in the Hatta region, diverse service facilities, and several events and programmes to support agricultural, cultural, tourism, and sporting activities.

Sheikh Mohammed visits the new Hatta Souq and reviews the progress of Phase I of Hatta Development Projects and Initiatives encompassing 14 projects and initiatives. Image Credit: DXBMediaOffice/Twitter

Hatta projects - Phase II

Sheikh Mohammed approved Phase II of Hatta Development Projects and Initiatives, which includes a total of 22 projects and initiatives.

One of the key objectives of the strategic projects is to transform Hatta Beach into an all-season tourist spot that caters to residents and visitors alike. The waterfront of the Hatta Beach features a variety of recreational amenities, services, and activities that cater to the diverse demands of visitors. These facilities are expected to boost the number of tourists and visitors to the region.

The Hatta Waterfalls will be constructed in the vicinity of Hatta Dam. The site will also see the installation of a 5.4 km cable car that will carry visitors from the dam to the top of Umm Al Nusour, the highest peak in Dubai. The projects also include a mountain tramway to improve accessibility to Hatta Dam, as well a stand at the Hatta Dam to ensure safe transportation of visitors to the area.

Hotels and health resorts featuring an urban design aligned with the area’s natural setting will also be constructed. These facilities will cater to all segments of society and promote tourism across Hatta.

During his tour in Hatta, Sheikh Mohammed visited strawberry farm owned by Emirati Khalfan Humaid Al Mutuwaiee Image Credit: @DXBMediaOffice/Twitter

Additional Projects

A variety of new projects and initiatives are planned for implementation, such as the restoration of Wadi Lim Lake, and the installation of seasonal kiosks, food carts, facilities, walkways, and rest areas aimed at enhancing investment opportunities and promoting tourism in the area. A new model residential district is being designed in addition to constructing 100 national houses as part of the development.

Hiking tracks will be introduced in select mountainous regions to facilitate leisure and sporting activities. Additionally, a Hatta service centre will be established to cater to the varied requirements of the community. Furthermore, efforts will be made to feature Hatta's archaeological sites, such as the Hatta tombs dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Falaj Al Shari'a in Hatta, in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Sustained Development

The projects and initiatives that will be developed include world-class mountain bike routes and rest zones. A cycling track will be built to link key sites of interest in the region, while traffic management and landscaping strategies will be finalised. Support will also be provided to local farmers in Hatta to enhance productivity, and public facilities and services will be upgraded to fulfil the needs of the area.

Sheikh Mohammed honoured 87 graduates from Hatta who earned a certified Agri-Entrepreneurship Professional Diploma. Image Credit: @DXBMediaOffice

Professional Diploma

During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed honoured 87 graduates from Hatta who earned a certified Agri-Entrepreneurship Professional Diploma. The training programme was conducted by the Department of Economy and Tourism, in coordination with Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy – The Educational Arm of the Mohammed bin Rashid Est. for SME Development. Its programmes sought to develop and hone the capacities and skills of the youth and locals of the area to enable them to manage projects and take advantage of investment opportunities.

Hatta development projects – In details
• Phase 1 features 14 projects while Phase 2 features 22 projects

• 87 Hatta residents graduate from Certified Professional Diplomas in Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Entrepreneurship

• Hatta Waterfalls to be constructed at Hatta Dam; Cable Car to carry tourists over 5.4 km from Hatta Dam to Jabal Umm Al Nusour (Dubai’s highest peak)

• Hatta Beach and Dam Staircase projects are currently under development; construction of mountain tramway is being studied

• New hotel facilities and services to cater to all segments of the community

• Shared and mass transport solutions to and from the region are currently being developed
• Development of the Heritage Village project to benefit 40 families

• Phase I of cycling tracks is currently being developed; 13,000 native trees planted in Hatta

• Time frame created for the development of educational facilities aimed at creating a stimulating learning environment

• 100 homes to be built for UAE nationals

• Wadi Lim Lake to be developed to enhance investment opportunities and develop tourism

• Centre to serve the community needs of residents set to be developed

• Efforts underway to feature Hatta archaeological sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List