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This UAE Village Could Be The Hottest New Eco-Tourism Getaway

By Kristin Hunt

Nestled along the Hajar Mountains, Hatta is a historic community roughly 100 miles east of Dubai. The gorgeous UAE exclave has been attracting adventure lovers for ages, and now, the holding company Meraas is aiming to develop it into a “leading eco-tourism destination” and national park.

Lonely Planet reports that Meraas is aiming to attract new visitors to the area over the next decade through a series of splashy projects. One involves mimicking the world-famous Hollywood sign by spelling “Hatta” out in enormous letters over the mountains. An adventure center, which will help tourists find tour guides and learn more about the history and traditions of Hatta, is also in the works.

Lodging will play a huge role in the development, as Meraas plans to construct lodges “with distinctive architecture style” and breathtaking views over different parts of the mountains. The company is also touting a “first-of-its-kind trailer luxury hotel” that would utilize trailers as individual hotel rooms. They would be located right on the banks of the Hatta dam, where tourists can already rent kayaks and paddleboats to take onto the sparkling green waters.