Naina Shahani 26 Nov 2017 AT 05:44 PM

Hatta is now home to one of the largest murals in the world

And, it's stunning!
Naina Shahani 26 Nov 2017 AT 05:44 PM
Hatta, Uae founding fathers, Uae leaders, Royal Family, UAE
© Twitter/DXBMediaOffice
Hatta, Uae founding fathers, Uae leaders, Royal Family, UAE
© Twitter/DXBMediaOffice

Think the striking turquoise water and the mountains are the only attractions that Hatta Dam possesses? Think again.

The inland exclave of Dubai is now home to one of the largest murals in the world – yep, we know, awesome.

The stunning 80mX30m artwork, commissioned by Brand Dubai, portrays a lovely picture of the founding fathers of the UAE – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Here’s how it happened…

Though the project is part of an AED1.3 million plan to turn the area into a top tourist destination, here are four things that you can already do at the much-loved spot.

Hint: we’re getting three days off this weekend, so you may want to take some notes…

1. Water activities
While you can’t swim in the dam, exploring the water via paddle boat or kayak, is just as good. Both activities allow you to enjoy views of the rugged mountains against the turquoise waters.
Note: Rentals are on a cash payment basis only.
Contact: website

2. Bike trail
The four routes cater to beginners as well as professional cyclists. Expect a beautiful landscape and facilities such as picnic spots and campsites nearby.
Note: Bikes can be rented from AED100.
Contact: website

3. Hatta Hill Park
Now that temperatures are dropping, it’s the perfect time for a picnic. With its BBQ pits and play areas, it’s the perfect place to have a little picnic.
Note: There’s a tower at the highest point of the dam which offers an incredible view of the Hajar mountain range.
Contact: website

4. Hatta Heritage Village
If outdoor adventures don’t excite you, make your way to this museum that has been recreated to look like a mountain village and showcase the history of the area. Aside from sculptures, visitors can view traditional clothing, jewellery and musical instruments.
Note: Entry is free.
Contact: website

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