Video: Sheikh Mohammed spends winter day in Hatta
Dubai - During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of giving priority to environmental, heritage-related projects.
By Dubai Media Office
Published: Tue 22 Jan 2019, 8:07 PM
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered concerned government entities to speedup the execution of projects related to Hatta's comprehensive development plan. The plan seeks to turn the city into a key tourism and investment hub.
During his visit to Hatta today, Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of giving priority to service, environmental and heritage-related projects, as it is vital in preserving the national identity and culture of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Chairman of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman. Upon his arrival to Wadi Hub, Sheikh Mohammed was welcomed byMajor General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police; Director-General of Dubai Municipality, Dawood Al Hajri; Executive Director of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Khalifa bin Drai; and Chairman of Dubai Holding and Group Chairman of Meraas, Abdulla Ahmed Al Habbai, along with a number of senior officials.
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the various projects being executed in the area, where he reviewed the map of projects that are being developed by Meraas Holding, where the company intended to position the mountainous area as a global destination for eco-tourism. His Highness was also briefed about the projects developed jointly between Dubai Municipality and Meraas, which aims to rehabilitate and develop the environmental aspects of Hatta, as it is a key for the development of tourism sector and preserving the heritage aspect of the area.
Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed about the efforts Dubai Police provide to ensure the safety and security of visitors, mainly in the area of rescue operations and patrols in mountainous areas. Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services also presented its services and tools in term of first aids, that matches the mountainous nature of the areas.
The 10-year Hatta Development plan is already starting to take shape, with Airstream-style trailer accommodations and lodges opening recently in the Hajar Mountains, 115 kilometres from Dubai. A big part of the ecotourism drive is glamping, a term coined due to the more lavish facilities on offer when compared to a standard camping trip