Hatta, a heritage village in the emirate of Dubai, has been named amongst the ’50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the World’ by a leading luxury and lifestyle magazine.
The announcement was made on Twitter by Dubai Crown Prince and Executive Council Chairman Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who called the recognition by Condé Nast Traveler “a testament” to the vision of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“The recognition is a testament to @HHShkMohd’s vision for development, which is not only focused on turning Dubai into one of the world’s greatest cities but also developing the emirate’s countryside and transforming its towns into beautiful destinations. I thank the Dubai Government teams that have worked diligently towards achieving @HHShkMohd’s vision to ensure the highest standards of excellence in Dubai,” Shaikh Hamdan said.
One of the globe’s leading travel magazines Conde Nast Traveler has included Hatta in its list of the '50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the World'. The recognition is a testament to @HHShkMohd’s vision for development, which is not only focused on turning Dubai into one of the… pic.twitter.com/7cQiMpgcYc— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) May 21, 2023
Located in the picturesque Hajar Mountains of Dubai, Hatta offers a serene escape from the bustling city life with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
The town is renowned for its rugged landscapes, wadis (dry riverbeds), and hiking trails, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
It also features traditional mud-brick houses, a restored heritage village and a vibrant local market, providing a glimpse into the region’s traditional Emirati lifestyle.
“It’s hard to believe that the bucolic village of Hatta is just a 90-minute drive from the megalopolis that is Dubai. The tiny town is a great place to learn about rural mountainous life in the Emirate, as well as enjoy outdoor activities like horseback riding, mountain biking, and kayaking,” the report by Condé Nast Traveler said.
Home to over 12,000 residents, Hatta is also known for housing one of the oldest hotels, the JA Hatta Fort, the report added.