The Hatta Heritage Village was opened to the public in February 2001 after careful and extensive renovation.
The village represents another fine example of the Heritage of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Situated 115km southeast of Dubai city in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains, it provides the visitor with a fascinating glimpse into Dubai's historical past. The two towers overlooking the village, known as the "two stones" were used as defense fortresses against hostile invaders.
Today, the Hatta Heritage Village has become an important historical site for tourists.
The history of the village can be traced back to 2000 - 3000 years. It consists of 30 buildings, each differing in size, interior layout and building materials used. Great care was taken to use the same materials as those used when originally built during the renovation such as mud, hay, sandalwood and palm fronds.
Sharia Mosque - This old mosque was built around 200 years ago using the same building materials and consists of a large prayer hall, a court and courtyard, minaret and other utility rooms.
The Fortress - The fortress was built by Sheikh Maktoum bin Hashr Al Maktoum in
1896, to provide protection for the viceroy and where meetings could be held to discuss social, economic and political affairs.
The Hatta Majlis within the fortress is where such meetings would take place which also includes the Viceroy's bedroom, living area, other smaller out buildings and a large courtyard surrounded by high walls.
The fortress also encloses the Castles Centre and hall where photographs and video images of UAE castles and forts are shown before and after renovation along with a model depicting
their various locations.
Inside the tower within the fortress, old weaponry, knives, daggers, swords, guns and pistols are displayed as well as life-size models portraying guards who defended the fortress against attack.
The village contains a number of other important houses and buildings with additional displays and models.
The Traditional House - Chosen as one of the best examples of old houses in the Hatta area. This house consists of a traditional guest meeting room "Majlis", a main bedroom,
storage room, kitchen and enclosure "Zareba" for keeping animals such as sheep and cows.
All the rooms display a large number of artifacts such as tools, equipment and furniture. There is also a traditional courtyard in the centre of the house.
Folklore House -
The Folklore House consists of two rooms, one-showcases examples of traditional Folklore poetry
"nabati" from the Hatta area.
The other room displays models, musical instruments along with audio and visual images of Folklore dances.
Social Living House - This house contains three rooms, bathrooms and a courtyard.
The meeting room "majlis" contains life-size models dressed in typical costumes of the area and video images of social life during that period.
Another room displays photographs of social customs, and the traditional teaching of the "Holy Koran".
There are also models illustrating how brides were prepared for traditional wedding ceremonies, providing a complete picture of the life-style during that time.
The third room provides an interesting display of farming methods in old Hatta, irrigation channels
"Falaj" and wells used in the Sharia area of the village.
The House of Traditional Handcrafts
Situated outside of the village near the north tower, it is one of the largest houses consisting of a number of rooms, utility areas and a big courtyard.
Traditional Hatta area handicrafts are displayed such as a potter, blacksmith, perfumery, textiles, tobacco manufacturing and fabric dyeing as well as traditional herbal medicines.
House of Palm Products - This house has two main rooms, a shed and courtyard exhibiting handicrafts made from palm fronds and trees.
There are models depicting a farmer planting palm trees and tools used to extract molasses from dates, which were kept in earthenware jars to preserve for future use.
The Public Restaurant - One of the renovated houses has been turned into a restaurant for visitors, which will serve typical Arabic food.
The dining room has been decorated in the traditional style of the area.
The restaurant has been fully equipped to serve meals during the evening in its spacious internal courtyard and will be opened to the public in the near future.
The House of Restoration - This house contains an interesting exhibition of photographs depicting the various stages of renovation carried out in the Hatta Heritage Village with before and after examples.
Located near the southern tower is the furnace used to cook meats.
The "medico" stone used for making gunpowder can also be seen in the village along with visitor information boards providing more details and their locations.
The village includes several shops and outlets for visitors, selling traditional handicrafts, novelties and gifts.
These shops were built using different materials to those in the village as an example of the variety of methods used in the Hatta area.
Palm tree farms surround the village, while the Hatta Mountains provide a pleasant and peaceful backdrop to the village for visitors from around the world.
Children's Entertainment Area - This is a children's entertainment and play area with traditional games and swings made of mats from palm fronds, sandalwood and stones.
Heritage Festivals - Several heritage festivals are held throughout the year during public holidays, UAE National Day and events such as the Dubai Shopping Festival.
These festivals include fascinating Folklore shows, traditional dance and handicraft exhibitions.
There are also tour guides available who can provide a fascinating insight into the history of the village and area.
Hatta Heritage Village Map