Work is due to start this week on a $7.8m tourist project in the Hajjar Mountains of Dubai.
The Hatta Heritage Inn and Market will be a major tourist attraction in one of the UAE’s most picturesque areas, famous for its natural water pools.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, approved the project, which is due to be completed in the second half of next year.
The development will consist of 46 stores and three restaurants, in addition to prayer rooms and an administration office. The market, which will sell a range of traditional crafts, will be located on the main road between Hatta and Oman.
A multi-purpose exhibition hall and 32-room hotel are also included in the plans, with half of the hotel’s rooms overlooking the area’s wadis.