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Hatta City

Hatta is an inland exclave of the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Formerly an Omani territory, its ownership was transferred to Dubai in or around 1850.

History of Hatta City

Originally known as Hajarain, Hatta became a dependency of Dubai during the reign of Hasher Bin Maktoum, following the transfer of the territory by the Omani Sultan Turki bin Said. This transfer occurred as Sultan Turki found himself unable to fend off the Na’im of Buraimi, who had established themselves in the neighboring Masfout area, now part of the emirate of Ajman. As recently as 1906, the village retained its former name, Hajarain.

The historic village of Hatta boasts two notable military towers dating back to the 1880s, alongside a fort constructed in 1896. The Juma mosque, erected in 1780, stands as the oldest building in Hatta. Additionally, remnants of ancestral burial chambers from the Hafit period (3200-2500 BC) are situated in the eastern part of the village, some of which have been meticulously reconstructed. Traditional water provision relied on the falaj system, which has since been restored to its former glory.

Positioned amidst the mountains, Hatta served as a summer retreat for families from Dubai, offering respite from the coastal heat and humidity while facilitating outdoor activities.

Since the early 1980s, Hatta has emerged as a sought-after destination for both Western expatriates and local families, drawn to its allure for ‘wadi bashing’—exploring the rugged tracks between Hatta, Mahdah, and Al Ain.

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