Hatta Heritage Village is a 16th-century village constructed around an old settlement and is a recreation of a traditional style set in an oasis in the Al Hajar Mountains, Dubai. The mosque and houses within Hatta Heritage Village were originally constructed from materials such as mud, palm tree trunks, reeds, and stone.
The Hatta Heritage Village helps visitors discover old world charm of barasti or palm leaves and mud houses. There’s a large central fort and tower which overlooks the Hatta Heritage Village. Other added attractions of Hatta Heritage Village are falaj, an oasis and vegetated seating areas where visitors can cool your heels.
Signs in Arabic and English guide visitors to various sections of the Hatta Heritage Village which includes an old mosque dating back 200 years and the Al Husen Majlis, where the governor of the Hatta Heritage Village received guests and visitors. Al Husen contains the conference room, the governor’s living quarters and weapons room.
There are several outdoor meeting places and resting areas in Hatta Heritage Village known as Al Hadeera also known as Al Barza in local language of Hatta Heritage Village where visitors will be served coffee and dates.
Hatta Heritage Village is focused on the Emirate’s past maritime, pearl diving traditions and architecture, the village guide offers you storybook that display some past picture of heritage of Dubai including a tented Bedouin village, ancient armory, wooden chests and cooking utensils
History of Heritage Village
Looking at Dubai 20 to 30 Centuries back the Hatta Heritage Village is considered one of the most ancient village locations in the Emirate of Dubai. It is distinguished by its fortified buildings and has about 30 houses which have been fully restored to their old Village style. This Traditional Heritage Village was located near the mouth of the Creek, has been created by potters and weavers. Here the visitor can look back in time and experience some of Dubai’s heritage.
There are all traditional houses in the Hatta style with a majlis, store, kitchen master bedroom and children’s room, overlooked by two round towers, the Southern and Northern Towers of the Hatta Heritage Village are protect the city from external attacks. These towers of the Village were built in the 1880s when Shaikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Butti was the Ruler of the Dubai.
Visiting Places in Hatta Heritage Village
Visitors of the Heritage Village get a glimpse of traditional and social life of village. In the houses of the Heritage Village there are three rooms with a private room used to entertain family and guests, second room has scenes of social life of villagers and the third the impact of outdoor life of the Village.
A Palm Tree products house contains two rooms, one displaying palm tree products of the village such as items made a large compound leaf of a palm and the other room which shows dates and how to make honey from dates.
Traditional handicrafts housed in the Heritage Village showing various types of traditional and regular occupation such as blacksmith, farmer, etc. A photo studio in Heritage Village gives opportunities to the peoples and visitors that they can take pictures of the local population.
Livelihood of the people of Hatta Heritage Village
The people of the Heritage Village earn money from the visitors and traditional tasks like dying of the clothes by dye’s made of colors from vegetables, farming, making goods from blacksmith and by the renting rooms in the Heritage Village of local house owners.
A pearl diving ship of Heritage Village carries 10-60 people on board for a tour., comprising of a team of captain, some divers, seeb, and other staff of the ship. The diver often risked his life to collect pearl from the sea bed. He used to dive deep for more than two minutes to collect a handful of oysters. The season lasted only for six months starting from April because the Gulf waters during this season were warm and safe. The Emirate of Dubai was most active in this adventurous occupation and owned about 335 pearl fishing dhows at a time.
Hours of Visit
08:00-22:00 daily (Sat to Thu)
08:00-11:00 and 16:00-22:00 (Fri)
Tel.: +971 4 393 7151
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