DEWA’s Dubai Mountain Peak and Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls projects will strengthen Dubai as a premier tourism destination
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), visited the construction sites of Dubai Mountain Peak and Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls. DEWA implements the two projects in conforms to HH guidelines Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to ensure a decent life for the people of Hatta and promote its position as one of the most important tourist attractions in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved six new projects in Hatta, marking a new phase of prosperous development in various sectors. This builds on the great success of Hatta’s development plan, which was launched in 2016, and has made Hatta a leading tourist destination. These projects will contribute to the overall development of the Hatta region, and to make it an attractive tourist destination locally and internationally, these pioneering and innovative projects, which will promote sustainable development.
Nasser Lootah, executive vice president of Generation at DEWA; Khalifa Albedwawi, project manager, and the project team accompanied Al Tayer.
During the visit, Al Tayer was briefed by the project manager on the latest developments related to the technical designs of the Dubai Mountain Peak project, the timeline and challenges at the site and how to overcome them. Specialized international consultants have been appointed to ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the highest international standards of quality, safety and security.
“We are guided by the vision and direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Hatta into a hub of tourism and investment, all preserving the heritage and attractive nature of the city. . DEWA is implementing pioneering projects in Hatta, through which we aim to develop the region and meet social, economic and environmental development needs, in addition to providing innovative employment opportunities to the citizens of the region and to improve the happiness of the community. Taking advantage of cutting-edge technology and taking into account the unique geology of the Hatta region, we are implementing the Dubai Mountain Peak and Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls projects in accordance with the highest international environmental standards. Our goal is to preserve the Hatta mountain reserve and to harmonize the two projects with their environment in the Hatta region. The projects will provide a unique experience for tourists to the UAE and showcase the beauty of the country’s mountainous regions, ”Al Tayer said.
Al Tayer explained that the projects implemented by DEWA in Hatta will provide around 200 jobs in technical, administrative and operational fields, and more than 300 jobs in the visitor center, outdoor activities and tourist facilities associated with the project.
The vacation homes will generate an annual income of over AED100 million for the people of the region.
“The projects will contribute to overall development in the Hatta region, in particular the Dubai Mountain Peak, which includes the construction of a 5.4 kilometer cable car to transport tourists to the summit of Um Al Nesoor. At 1,300 meters above sea level, it is Dubai’s highest natural peak. The project is expected to be a major tourist attraction in the United Arab Emirates. The cable car ride passes over Hatta Dam Lake and Upper Dam Lake, which are part of the Hatta Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant currently under construction, as well as over the mountains. The route ends at the top of Um Al Nesoor mountain, ”Al Tayer added.
The project has three main stops. The departure station will be built on an upper platform above the Hatta dam. Tourists can access it using an advanced transport system from the parking lot. The intermediate stop will have an observation deck and facilities to serve tourists, as well as a luxury hotel that will be built to the highest specifications and standards. The upper station will include a viewing platform and tourist facilities as well as main hotel suites. The project also includes hiking trails and recreational facilities in addition to other world-class tourism services.
Al Tayer also reviewed the progress of the Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project. The project started in May 2021. The Concept of waterfalls model has been completed and approved. The design of the preliminary study has also been completed and approved. The consultant progresses with material specifications, final design and tender documents. The call for tenders will be launched during the 4th week of September 2021 and submitted. The award of the work to the contractor is expected to be finalized by mid-November 2021 and construction is expected to be completed by mid-November 2022.
The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project will use the slope of the upper dam to create a natural waterfall. A watercourse will be built along the parking lot downstream of the dam. The water used in the waterfall will be collected at the end of the stream, recycled and pumped to the top of the dam. The fish raised in the stream will be an additional attraction for tourists and families. The area will be developed to create leisure areas and restaurants.