Sheikh Mohammed visits growing eco-tourism spot Hatta
The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai enjoyed a tour of the array of facilities on offer in the mountainous area
There are already plenty of happy campers - or should that be 'glampers' - in the rapidly-developing eco-tourism destination of Hatta.
And now you can add Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to the growing number.
The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai swapped the hustle and bustle of big city life for a visit to Hatta, about a 90-minute drive away from the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed inspected a wealth of construction, service and environmental projects taking place in the area, an emerging rustic retreat for people across the country.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed ordered the expedition of projects related to Hatta's 10-year development plan. He stressed the importance of prioritising good service and environmental and heritage-related projects, given their significance in preserving national identity.
Another big part of the eco-tourism drive is glamping, a term coined due to the more lavish facilities on offer than on the standard camping trip.
A development plan is already starting to take shape, with airstream-style trailer accommodation and lodges opening recently in the Hajar Mountains, 115 kilometres from Dubai City.
Updated: January 22, 2019 02:56 PM