DEWA begins construction of $12.5m Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project

Project is part of government entity’s social and investment responsibility to make Hatta a distinctive tourism destination

Construction work on the US$12.5 million Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project has begun, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority )DEWA) has announced.

In a statement, DEWA said that Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, launched the project, which will be part of the entity’s social and investment responsibility to make Hatta a distinctive tourism destination.

The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project is an innovative architectural idea, inspired by the hexagonal beehive design since Hatta is famous as a global hub for high-quality honey, the statement said.

The project’s oases are linked with bridges crossing the water canal, forming a lively and picturesque site to spend time and take beautiful images, it continued.

“DEWA is implementing pioneering projects in Hatta in line with the vision and directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for comprehensive and sustainable development all over Dubai, and to transform Hatta into a tourism and investment hub, while preserving its heritage,” Al Tayer said.

“Through these projects, we aim to develop Hatta and provide innovative job opportunities for the citizens of the area, as well as promote society happiness. The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project aims to create a sustainable natural environment, in addition to developing the area and turning it into recreational spaces and a tourist attraction in the UAE. The idea began with creating a natural water stream aligning with Hatta’s nature.

“Investment opportunities abound with four oases that have coffee shops, restaurants, and children’s playgrounds, in addition to shops for selling natural honey, local products and souvenirs. The shops will be given as grants from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the citizens of Hatta to create additional job opportunities and meet the needs of social, economic, and environmental development,” he continued.

The project will use the slope of the upper dam of Hatta plant to create a natural waterfall. A waterway will be built below the dam, and 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 spaces and restaurants.

“In implementing the Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project, we are keen to use the latest, most advanced, and safest technologies to suit the geological conditions of the Hatta region, taking into account the highest international environmental standards to preserve the Hatta Mountain Reserve and harmonise the project with its surroundings.

“The project will offer a unique experience for tourists and showcase the beauty of the mountainous areas of the UAE. At every step of the project, DEWA is keen to use sustainable materials that blend with the natural surroundings. The water canal ends at a lake that forms a diverse biological ecosystem and promotes a balanced natural aquatic life. The location of the children’s play area was carefully chosen, as it intersects with the three oases designated for coffee shops and restaurants, allowing the children’s guardians to monitor them,” Al Tayer concluded.

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