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Hatta Heritage Village

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Hatta Village has been opened after its restoration in 2001. The village is located in the heart of Hatta mountainous area within the emirate of Dubai, about 100 Km away from Dubai City, overlooking two mountains which were traditionally called "Hajaran" or "Hajarin" in olden days. The history of the village dates back to about 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. It has 30 buildings, shops for selling traditional heritage collections, a group of neighbouring farms with a fresh water canal (Falaj) running through them and an archaeological cemetery (closed). The village is a historical monument which is a magnet for tourists from all over the world, where it hosts the events of UAE National Day, Dubai Shopping Festival and Flag Day among others.

The visitor to Hatta Village will have a unique opportunity to experience and discover the model of traditional mountainous rural life in the emirate of Dubai, as the village contains original prototypes, models, documents, maquettes/sculptures, illustrations and graphic/audio materials for various aspects of traditional life in that region; which are dispersed across 17 houses, 2 castles and a fortress. There are also several frond buildings and a mosjid. In addition, the visitor will be able to view the traditional weapons, including rifles, swords, daggers, guns and cannons as well as household materials including furnishings, pottery, copper and leather pots, musical instruments, food, traditional clothing, jewellery and items that were used as ornaments. The sculptures, made in real-world scale, provide a image of the various cultural aspects of social life in old Hatta, relating to the traditional professions and manufacturers, agriculture, education, marriage customs, banquets, coffee drinking habits, popular folklore, games, songs, chants and folk dances, etc.

A visit to Hatta Heritage Village is an opportunity to know about a different traditional life in Dubai, in spite of its similarity to the traditional lifestyle in the city of Dubai, in general. The details of that style and its atmosphere reflect a distinct and unique personality which enrich, represent and add to the traditional way of life in the emirate of Dubai. One will also observe the strong attachment of the man belonging from old Hatta to his own land, as his only profession was agriculture, for which the Hatta area is famous. Moreover, the village inhabitants exploited the natural resources, as they built their houses from mountain rocks. They also used copper and metal, found in abundance in the Hatta Mountains, for the manufacturing of various tools including utensils, weapons, equipment and ornaments.

Geographical location Hatta area - Dubai
Area 40,588 square metres
Working hours

From Saturday to Thursday, 7:30 to 20:30, and Fridays, from 14:30 to 20:30

Ramadan timmings:

From Saturday to Thursday, 9:00 to 16:30, and Friday is closed

Admission fees Free of charge
Tourism guidance Available for free
Telephone 04-852 1374 / 04-515 5337 / 04-515 5000​
Public transport buses You can reach the location by using public transport buses / Dubai – Hatta line
Metro stations Not available
Parking areas Free parking is available in front of the village​
Location Map

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Last Updated on 4/4/2018 8:04 AM

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