Need a change of scenery? From awe-inspiring skyscrapers to a traditional Arabic, fun-filled getaway from Dubai, Hatta Heritage Village might be just the option you’re looking for!
Did you think there are only skyscrapers, shopping and everything modern in Dubai? Yes but there’s even more! For many who like to revel in foreign cultures, the vibes and the history – you can visit the Hatta Heritage Village. It’s an ideal get-away from the city for you to immerse in the native Arabic culture, cuisine and even history along with an offerance of many fun filled activities. So a member of the FUCHSIA team, explored the city’s wonders in a completely new perspective.
About an hour and 30 minutes away from the hustle bustle of Dubai, Hatta Heritage Village Dubai is a reconstruction of a traditional mountain village located in Hatta, in the Al Hajar mountains. With rugged terrains, scattered springs, and lush valleys, the village provides a striking departure from the urban sprawl and panoramic views of the city. A hike up the breathtaking village promises exceptional views of its historical charm against the magnificent backdrop of the surrounding mountains.
There is not just one thing, the village hosts a variety of experiences for tourists! And here are some of them:
1. Hatta Honeybee Garden
Agriculture and farming remains a significant aspect of daily life in the village, preserving local heritage through small farms and designated areas for bird and animal conservation. For an immersive experience, visitors can step into the role of a beekeeper for a day at the Hatta Honeybee Garden. Donning the bee suit and protective gear, now made fashionable by David Beckham, guests can explore the world of honey bees and delve deeper into their fascinating existence at the Bee Museum.
Yes, you also get to purchase some some delightful local honey either as souvenirs or to pamper yourself with honey related products, given its reputation as a leading honey exporter. The dedicated team comprises passionate beekeepers and educators, providing visitors with intriguing information on all things honeybees. Moreover, there’s a diverse array of honey varieties for you to savor and explore! The center offers numerous engaging activities for children, making it an excellent choice to keep them happily occupied. Venture into the outdoor garden or unwind at the charming cafe—there’s an abundance of entertainment for the little ones at the center.
2. Scenic Views Of The Hatta Dam
You can even explore the breathtaking landscapes around Hatta Dam which was constructed in the late 1990’s. It is now one of the main tourist attractions in the area with the vivid turquoise waters that contrast beautifully with the earthy, rocky mountains. Whether you choose to drive along the dam, stopping along for stunning photographs, or trek across the hilly terrain, the experience is bound to be memorable.
For a more intimate encounter with nature, consider kayaking across the serene lake, taking in the peaceful views. Paddle-boating and canoeing are also available for those seeking a leisurely water adventure. The Hatta Dam is a sight that lingers in your memory, surpassing even the most picturesque images, nestled amidst the mountains in a serene and tranquil setting.
3. The Hatta Outdoor Adventures
For all you adventure junkies, Hatta is must place to visit. The Hatta Wadi Hub, is a part of the Hatta Heritage Village, with a diverse array of rides, exhilarating experiences, and unique activities. From pool slides, Gel Ball, and tube sliding to Zorbing, Football Zorbing, and even Archery, the options are endless.
For those craving off-road excitement, Hatta offers kayaking, horse riding, diking, mountain biking, and paragliding. But wait, there’s more! Bungee jumping, axe throwing, and a resort ziplining experience await you. And here’s the best part—you can book the resorts for a stay and seamlessly continue your adrenaline-fueled activities at your own pace.
4. The Historic Hatta Fort
Next you can also explore the historic Hatta Fort, dating back to 1896. Recognized as one of the UAE’s most important architectural landmarks, this structure was meticulously restored in 1995. Crafted from mountain stones and mud bricks, with a ceiling constructed from palm fronds, trunks, and mud, it’s a captivating dive into Middle Eastern history!
5. Traditional Emirati Cuisine At Al Hajarain
It goes without saying how after a fun filled day, you need a satisfying meal. We visited Al Hajarain in Hatta heritage village which we can tell you is easily one of the best arabic restaurants.
Presenting authentic and traditional Emirati cuisine at its core, the menu even boasts familiar options like Biryani, pizza, and mocktails. Set in a charmingly rustic ambiance that perfectly captures the essence of an old village, the Arabic culinary experience at Al Hajarain proved to be a delight, leaving us thoroughly satisfied with our meal.
If you are going to be visiting anytime soon or in the winters, you will find the fact that the temperatures are lower than the city to be quite pleasant.