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?|
|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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