Retail stores to open in Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls area
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will offer free retail stores to Emirati citizens in Hatta as part of the Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project. These include coffee shops, restaurants and children’s play areas, as well as shops for honey, local produce and souvenirs.
In line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision and guidance, DEWA has awarded the Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project worth around AED 46 million as part of its social and investment responsibility to turn the project into a distinctive tourism destination.
“DEWA is implementing pioneering projects in Hatta in line with the vision and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to develop all of Dubai in an integrated and sustainable manner and to transform Hatta into a tourist and investment hub, while preserving the city’s heritage and its attractive nature. Through these projects, we aim to develop Hatta and provide innovative employment opportunities for the area’s residents, as well as promote community happiness. Using state-of-the-art technology and considering the unique geology of the Hatta region, we implement Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls projects to the highest international environmental standards. Our goal is to preserve the Hatta Mountain Reserve and harmonise the project with the surrounding terrain in the Hatta region to offer a unique experience for tourists in the UAE and showcase the beauty of the UAE mountainous areas,” said H.E. Syed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA.
“The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project aims to create a sustainable natural environment as well as develop the area and turn it into a holiday destination and tourist attraction in the UAE. The idea began by creating a natural flow of water from the waterfall, which fits into the nature of Hatta, to form green spaces around it. They are dividing the project into four main oases that provide investment opportunities for coffee shops, restaurants, children’s playgrounds and shops selling honey, local produce and souvenirs. The shops will be donated as grants from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the people of Hatta to create additional jobs and meet social, economic and environmental development needs,” Al Tayer added.
The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project is unique in its innovative architectural idea, inspired by the hexagonal design of a beehive, as Hatta is known as the world’s centre of high quality honey production. The oases of the project are linked by bridges crossing the water channel, forming a lively and picturesque place to have fun and take the most beautiful memorable photos.
At every stage of the project, DEWA has strived to use sustainable materials that blend in with the surrounding nature and add a special beauty to every detail. The waterway ends at the lake, which forms a diverse biological ecosystem and promotes a balanced natural aquatic life. The location of the children’s play area has been carefully chosen, as it overlaps with three oases designated for cafés and restaurants, allowing the children’s guardians to watch over them.
The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project will use the slope of the upper Hatta Dam to create a natural waterfall. A water conduit will be built underneath the dam. The water used in the waterfall will be collected at the end of the stream, recycled and pumped back to the top of the dam. The area will be developed to create recreational facilities and restaurants.
Source: Dubai Media Office
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