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Sheikh Mohammed signs off $381m Hatta development plan

600 new homes, a central market and a cultural festival included in strategy for mountain town

Sheikh Mohammed signs off $381m Hatta development plan

New homes, shops and a central market are all part of a $381 million 10-year plan to develop the UAE mountain town of Hatta.

The town’s comprehensive development plan was signed off on Monday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai.

Included in the strategy will be more than 600 homes built for Emiratis over the next two years, a branch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Small and Medium Enterprises, and a new central market to help the town’s agricultural community.

In addition, the annual Hatta Cultural Festival is being inaugurated to celebrate the town’s heritage, while green spaces are being set aside for schools and universities from across the UAE to host sporting activities.

The town’s young people will also be eligible for scholarships specialising in veterinary medicine and agriculture, as well as other areas.

"The UAE’s development plan is on track to achieve ambitious objectives across various economic, social and cultural sectors that mainly aim to serve citizens and the nation," Sheikh Mohammed said, in a statement posted by state news agency WAM.

Hatta is an enclave of Dubai located in the Hajar Mountains near the UAE’s border with Oman.

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