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Hatta reimagined as tourism hub for adventure seekers

Meraas transforms Hatta into a tourism hub for thrill-seekers with the opening of a centre for high-energy activities

Hatta reimagined as tourism hub for adventure seekers
The Hatta Wadi Hub features a coaching centre and activities such as mountain biking and Hatta Drop-in, Asia’s first water jump park plus a glamping experience at the Hatta Damani Lodges.

Meraas is transforming Hatta into a tourism hub for thrill-seekers with the opening of a centre for high-energy activities.

The developer has opened the Hatta Wadi Hub to offer adventure experiences, inviting visitors from UAE and beyond to rediscover the region’s breath-taking landscape, its mountains and waters.

The Hatta Wadi Hub features a coaching centre and activities such as mountain biking and Hatta Drop-in, Asia’s first water jump park plus a glamping experience at the Hatta Damani Lodges.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to stay at the Hatta Sedr Trailers which offer visitors a first-of-its-kind experience in the region through vintage trailers repurposed as boutique hospitality experiences.

Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman of Meraas, said: “Meraas is redeveloping the area in an effort to offer visitors a glimpse at Hatta’s authentic Emirati culture and rustic landscape, which are a source of pride for the nation.

"Our projects will establish the position of Hatta as National Park and a leading eco-tourism destination, through offering a comprehensive global experience while showcasing and protecting the natural environment.

"In conjunction with our partners we aim to play an important role in terms of education and raising awareness, through attracting more visitors to Hatta, to meet its people, discover its nature and landmarks which form a part of Hatta’s fabric.”

Meraas has also unveil plans for Riad Hatta, a new boutique hotel, currently in design stage, which will offer an authentic dining and cultural experience that showcase the rich local culture and heritage.

The hotel is inspired by traditional Riad – houses built around a central courtyard with materials that blend with the nature of Hatta and is expected to open during the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Other amenities include private plunge pools, restaurants serving dishes influenced by local cuisine, as well as a spa and a hammam.

Meraas is also collaborating with Dubai Municipality on several projects to redevelop the old heritage village and adding new stores to support Emirati entrepreneurs. There are also plans for a majlis which will be a meeting point for senior Emiratis from Hatta.

Meraas said it is also working closely with Dubai Municipality on several studies that aim to develop and protect the waterbodies in Hatta.

Another highlight is Hatta Zorbing, a specialised zorbing centre for adults and kids where riders roll downhill inside a giant transparent orb.

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