Hatta’s hot right now. And we don’t just mean the almost 40°Celsius temperatures sweeping the country now. The scenic mountain town is basking in the warm glow of global attention. Earlier this week, Hatta was included in the ‘50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the World’ list.
Curated by international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller, the list includes destinations such as Bled in Slovenia and Esperance in Australia. And Hatta’s inclusion was announced by none other than Dubai’s Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Hamadan took to Twitter to express why Hatta’s inclusion in this catalogue is a big deal for Dubai. The recognition, he explains, highlights how His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s vision for Dubai includes developing the emirate’s countryside and towns into beautiful destinations.
Now, Hatta’s getting the lion’s share of that focus thanks to its stunning scenery and history. In fact, it’s setting its sights on becoming the Highlands of Dubai with the Hatta Development Plan. A heritage village, new cycling routes, and an artificial lake and beach are all part of this tourism campaign. Last year, a special Hatta Express Bus from Dubai was introduced by the RTA.
Nestled in the Hajar mountains, the idyllic village’s wadis (valleys), rugged peaks and bursts of greenery have made it Dubai residents’ go-to destination for nature and adventure. With only a population of 12,000 and only a 90-minute drive from Dubai, Hatta’s a convenient escape from busy city life.
Wondering which international towns besides Hatta made the 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns list? Click here for full list .