Dubai is looking to tap the popularity of adventure and eco-tourism with a newly development in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains.
The Hatta Damani Lodges, situated in the Hatta exclave about an hour from Dubai city, opened last month offering three different types of cabins and a range of outdoor pursuits.
Speaking to TTG@WTM Issam Kazim, chief executive of Dubai Tourism, said he believed the area had been “almost taken for granted” by locals and not promoted enough.
“Now we want to show this side of Dubai – it is something we have always had and adds to our offering. I think it will appeal to many of our different markets,” he said.
Hatta Damani Lodges, close to Hatta Wadi Hub features a range of free and paid for activities including mountain biking coaching and rental, adventure rope courses, a rope bridge, a climbing wall and the Hatta Drop-in – the first water jump part with jump slides, drop-in donuts and drop-in tracks.
Alternatively, Hatta Sedr Trailers brings the first-ever trailer hotel concept to the region, featuring trailers “transformed” into hospitality units each with its own terrace.
Guests at Hatta Sedr Trailers can access a common area equipped with a fire pit and barbeque facilities, while enjoying views of the banks of Hatta Dam.
Overnight stays are also available at Hatta Campsite, a dedicated camp site, where tents can be set up to offer a curated indoors-meets-outdoors experience. Alternatively, visitors can take a spot at Hatta Caravan Park.
Meanwhile a new boutique hotel, Riad Hatta, inspired by traditional ‘Riad’ houses built around a central courtyard, is set to open late 2019.