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Saturday 25 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 05: Hatta Heritage Village

The Hatta Heritage Village is a restored traditional mountain village, and is an attraction that is a must for us who love cultural experiences and exploring the history and heritage of the local population.

5 minutes drive from Hatta Water Dam

wonder if its a replica?

I must admit I was captivated

doorway to Hatta's past

with modern signages

The mosque and houses within the village were originally constructed from materials such as mud, palm tree trunks and fronds (barasti), reeds, and stone. The village consists of 30 buildings, many of which have interior furnishings typical of the UAE in the period prior to development in the 1960s onwards. The village also houses the home of the Governor known as ‘Bait Al Wali’.

restored mountain village

that showcases life as it was before the country’s oil boom

but with modern floodlights?

fascinating nonetheless

making our way up the small hill

What’s noteworthy is that, even after restoration, many of these structures are still standing strong on their original building materials like palm tree trunks, mud, stones, and reed. The museum inside the village has displays of traditional Emirati dresses, weapons, musical instruments, utensils, products made from palm trees, and other beautiful handicrafts and artworks.

The village was opened to the public in February 2001 after extensive renovation, and is currently owned and managed by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

a restored or reconstructed fort?

quite a trek to get up there

but well worth the view it offered

reconstructed houses of what was once a working village

illustrates different aspects of traditional life

showcasing customs and crafts to agriculture

a popular and unique landmark

last remaining symbols of Hatta's erstwhile splendour

And the best part of all, entrance is free!

making our way out

fairly recent 

a glimpse of the old and new

the typical Middle Eastern 'majlis' beckons us

warm and welcoming

a great place to sit and chit chat

After our visit here we headed back to the resort to for a little rest before checking out. We will be headed to Dubai to visit our most favourite area of all: Bur Dubai!

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