As part of the Hatta Development Master Plan announced by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA HE Mattar Al Tayer, has approved the awarding of Hatta Gate Construction Contract. The Gate is set to add a touch of beauty to the entrance of the area, which boasts of rich tourist, historical and natural attractions. Construction works will start in February 2017, and the project is set for completion within six months.
Marking this development, Al Tayer said, “Hatta Gate Project boasts of a unique design that reflects the identity of Hatta and its nature in a modern and innovative setting. The design of the Gate replicates the gorgeous and exciting topography of the area dotted with mountains and cliffs in a creative style with successive columns of different configurations depicting the unique nature of the area. The vertical high shape symbolises the stiff, towering mountains of Hatta, creating unforgettable memories for visitors.”
“RTA intends to implement a number of projects in Hatta. In coordination with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, RTA is currently building a key road linking Dubai with Hatta via Lehbab at an estimated cost of around Dh54 million. In a couple of years, RTA will design and construct roads in the Makan residential area and Crushers area in Hatta at an estimated cost of Dh15 million. RTA will continue upgrading roads infrastructure and services in the area as part of Hatta’s future development plans,” continued Al Tayer.
Al Tayer reiterated RTA’s keenness to upgrade the road network to keep pace with the demographic and urban growth, expand roads capacity to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles, and ease the traffic movement in Hatta as part of the implementation of the master plan sanctioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Over the past few years, RTA has carried out a number of road projects in Hatta stretching about 150 km, linking Hatta with neighbouring areas. It also rehabilitated Jima Dam, and this year it undertook the maintenance of Jima–Al Fai Road, and completed 50% of roads linking farms to facilitate the movement of people. As for transport, RTA has built the Hatta – Dubai bus station and has started the service that about 250,000 passengers use in a year. A taxi services office has been opened in the area as well, and preparations are currently in progress to enble taxicabs to transfer non-urgent cases from Hatta Hospital to Dubai hospitals.
RTA is a key player in the Hatta Development Master Plan being implemented at a cost of Dh1.3 billion. The Plan is aimed at enhancing the area socially and economically by raising its profile as an attractive destination for environment-friendly tourism.
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