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First projects launched as part of $350m Hatta tourism revamp

Among the projects underway is plan to develop Al Sheraa heritage area, says Dubai Municipality

First projects launched as part of $350m Hatta tourism revamp

Dubai Municipality has announced the launch of the first projects as part of a AED1.3 billion ($350 million) Hatta Comprehensive Development which aims to develop the area as an environmental tourist destination.Among the projects underway is the AED2.5 million plan to develop Al Sheraa heritage area, it said in a statement.Al Sheraa area is located in the heart of Hatta and is home to a 200 year old mosque as well as being one of the most important archeological sites in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.Omar Saeed Al Mutaiwei, head of Hatta Centre at Dubai Municipality, said: “Al Sheraa project has several phases. The first phase includes the fencing, the lighting and the paving of the pedestrian pathways to give access to the area’s attractions. The project also includes building eight rest houses, a gate and an information office.He said the plan included developing Al Sheraa heritage area, building 30 public rest houses and constructing a 2km pathway.To encourage Hatta’s entrepreneurs and give them business opportunities, Dubai Municipality said it has also allocated commercial areas for startups.The AED1.3 billion Hatta Comprehensive Development comprises three main areas including economic and service sector, tourism and sports, and culture and education.A dedicated board from various government entities will oversee the plan and coordinate between the different entities.

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