Go ‘glamp­ing’ in vin­tage trail­ers, or try a hu­man sling­shot at Hatta

Mer­aas re­de­vel­op­ing area to of­fer visi­tors an idea of Emi­rati cul­ture and rus­tic land­scape

Gulf News - - Nation - Staff Re­port

As the weather gets cooler, fam­i­lies, groups, in­di­vid­u­als and adren­a­line-junkies can en­joy an ar­ray of at­trac­tions that opened in Hatta yes­ter­day.

Mer­aas will ac­ti­vate the Hatta Wadi Hub fea­tur­ing a coach­ing cen­tre and ac­tiv­i­ties such as moun­tain bik­ing and Hatta Drop-in — Asia’s first wa­ter jump park — and a ‘glamp­ing’ ex­pe­ri­ence at the Hatta Damani Lodges. Visi­tors will also have the op­por­tu­nity to stay at the Hatta Sedr trail­ers.

Glamp­ing is a style of camp­ing that in­cludes re­sort-style ser­vices. “Mer­aas is re­de­vel­op­ing the area in an ef­fort to of­fer visi­tors a glimpse at Hatta’s au­then­tic Emi­rati cul­ture and rus­tic land­scape, which are a source of pride for the na­tion,” said Ab­dul­lah Al Hab­bai, group chair­man of Mer­aas.

One of the lat­est projects in­cludes the Riad Hatta, a bou­tique ho­tel, cur­rently in the de­sign stage, which is in­spired by tra­di­tional riad — houses built around a cen­tral court­yard with ma­te­ri­als that blend with the na­ture of Hatta. It is ex­pected to open by end-2019.

Hatta Wadi Hub

It of­fers ac­tiv­i­ties, both paid and free that range from moun­tain bike coach­ing and rentals, to down­hill moun­tain bik­ing, down­hill cart­ing, a hu­man sling­shot, axe throw­ing, archery, free fall jumps, Dr Rock sta­tion, adventure rope cour­ses, rope bridge, wall climb­ing, kids and adult’s tram­po­lines, as well as twin and kids zip lines, among oth­ers.

Hatta Wadi Hub also de­buts Hatta Drop-in, Asia’s first wa­ter jump park, with a crazy jump, crazy slide, drop-in donuts and drop-in tracks.

Visi­tors can also book for a kayak­ing or a hik­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Hatta Wadi Hub.

Mean­while, Hatta Zorb­ing, will give rid­ers the chance to roll down­hill in­side a gi­ant trans­par­ent orb.

Cour­tesy: Mer­aas

■ Hatta Sedr of­fers visi­tors vin­tage trail­ers re­pur­posed as bou­tique hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ences.

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