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A tour of the 17th century Emirati villages.
If you have an inclination towards historical architecture and history or not, this experience will surely bring face to face with Dubai's age-old villages, cultures, traditions, and experiences.
If you’ve ever wondered what an Emirati village was like years ago, a trip to Hatta Heritage Village is sure to cure your curiosity. The village, restored in 2001, is one of the oldest in the emirate. Step back in time to discover the magnificent Hatta Heritage Village among the reconstructed buildings. If you want to see what original villages in Dubai were like – take a look around here. Most of it is made from the same materials that comprised the originals, including the two watchtowers, the fort, and mosque.
Among the historical sites, you can step inside the local ruler’s house, known as ‘Bait Al Wali’. For a look into traditional life and culture of the time period, the artifacts like instruments, weapons, furnishings and more will give you some insight.
Nearby, you’ll find the Al Sharia Site, a palm tree farm which is home to the falaj, the underground irrigation systems created for local farms.
Note: Pick-up & Drop-off will be from Bur Dubai/Deira (if transfer option is selected).
Minimum 2 persons are required to avail the transfer option.
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The distance between Hatta Village and Dubai is almost 132 km. Hatta village lies to the south-east of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It touches near the border of Oman. If you go by bus from Dubai, the nearest bus station is Sabkha Bus Station. Once you reach the bus station, you need to walk for 12 minutes and arrive at Hatta Village. There are pick-up and drop facilities provided to its customers. Within six hours, one can cover the entire Hatta Village tour and come back to the place of stay without much hassle.
Some of the main attractions added in Hatta Village tour are Hatta Dam, Heritage Village, Hatta Park, and Carpet Market. This centuries-old place embraces a defensive tower, stone houses with palm-frond roofs, and falaj, and the traditional water system. Hatta Dam – It is a serene spot best suitable for nature photography. The place is surrounded by alluring mountains where one can easily get mesmerized with natural beauty. Heritage Village – The place is most-visited for its buildings on an ancient site, unique crafts, weaponry, customs, and sculptures. Hatta Park – This landscape is not just for sightseeing, it is equally significant for children’s playing field, running tracks, and sports activities. Carpet Market – For holistic shopping, the one and only best place in Hatta is Carpet Market.
The major things to carry are sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, camera along with your original passport. Due to hot weather, one has to apply sunscreen lotion or cream to keep him/her from the lazy sun. It may also sometimes cause some minor skin diseases. Similarly, sunglass and hat are a must. Without these items, you can't comfortably enjoy and get delighted with the scenic views. Then, keep your original passport with you. You may be asked to show it at the respective places. Finally, do forget to carry a ton of expectations and enthusiasm because the place is ready to satisfy your love for nature.
After recognizing the importance of Dubai’s heritage and culture, the government opened the place to the public in 2001 and started the Hatta Village Tour. Since then, they started developing all the essential items to satisfy all travel needs. They reconstructed traditional huts and buildings to bring them back to life, followed by collecting all jewellery, weaponry, pottery, and utensils that were mined in the mountain regions. It also includes the main Hatta Fort, restored in 1995, and it’s meant for defence and surveillance purposes in early days. The ceiling alone is built using palm fronds, trunks, and mud.
Hatta village is located at an elevation of 300 m above sea level. So, its weather throughout the year is slightly different from the rest. The year starts with the cold season where January is the coldest month of Hatta. The place remains cold until the end of March. After that, the temperature rises to 26 degrees C and gradually reaches 31 – 32 degrees C in the month of June. In Hatta village, June month is considered as the hottest month. This season stays up to the beginning of September. Since then, the temperature goes down and reaches its lowest in the month of December – January. Throughout the year, there is no virtual rainfall except in February. Hence, the best time to have the Hatta village tour is from October to February.
The total distance from Hatta to Oman border is exactly 31 km. If you’re taking a private car or hiring a cab and using the fastest route, you can reach the Oman border from Hatta in 40 – 45 minutes. The travel experience is surely one-of-a-kind to the tourists. There are buses running from Dubai to Oman border through Hatta Village at regular timings. It is 15 dirham per person to travel between the two places. The buses are extremely luxurious and ensure a sophisticated journey.
Yes. The travel guide speaks English. Since many tourists from America and other European countries are visiting this great place, English is the only bridge to connect the tourists and the local guides. They will narrate all the historical stories, anecdotes, and mythological facts in English. There are also billboards and navigations given in English at major tourist places to keep the backpackers well informed about the place. Even though Arabic is the official language, many local travel guides started to learn English to attract foreign visitors and have a great bonding with them.
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