Dubai to launch 5.4km cable car and sustainable waterfalls in Hatta


The Sustainable Waterfalls project and Dubai Mountain Peak will not only allow visitors to learn how clean energy is obtained in the country, but will also have the opportunity to commune with nature.

Two new major tourist attractions, not just a source of renewable energy, will emerge with the completion of the hydroelectric power station in Hatta, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will be exhibited at the ongoing 25th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition.

The first is the Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project and the other is a 5.4 kilometer long cable car that will take visitors to the top of Um Al-Nesoor (Eagle Mother Mountain in Arabic), located 1,300 meters above sea level. from sea.

Sustainability and ecotourism go hand in hand with such projects: visitors will not only learn how clean energy is obtained in the country, but will also have the opportunity to commune with nature.

According DEWA, The slope of the upper dam of the hydroelectric plant will be used to create a waterfall. The water will be collected at the end of the stream and recycled and pumped back to the top of the dam. This will ensure the efficient and sustainable use of the hydroelectric plant’s resources.

Tribute to the founding fathers of the UAE

There will be four oases that will be linked by bridges that cross the water channel that flows into a lake designed to have a balanced natural aquatic life. The fish raised in the stream will attract tourists and families. There will also be a children’s play area, as well as cafes and restaurants.

The waterfalls project, designed as a hexagonal beehive, which is a nod to the famous Hatta honey, will also pay tribute to the founding fathers of the United Arab Emirates, as it will surround the area of ​​the 80 x 30 m mural from the late 19th century. XIX century. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyanand the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Highest natural summit

Meanwhile, the cable car route will pass through Hatta Dam Lake and Upper Dam Lake to reach the hydroelectric power station. You will continue through the mountains, ending at Um Al-Nesoor, which is the highest natural peak in Dubai.

Surrounded by the rolling peaks of the Hajar Mountains, the Dubai Mountain Peak Cable Car will have three stations: the base station at the lower dam; the second station at the upper reservoir; and the 1,300-meter summit of Um Al-Nesoor

It will be an incredible sight to see, from the calm turquoise waters to the lush surroundings of the rugged mountains.

Operational within a year

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and CEO of DEWA, ​​Founder and Chairman of WETEX and Dubai Solar Show, said during a press conference on Wednesday that the 250 megawatt (MW) Hatta hydropower plant, the first of its kind in the GCC region, will be operational within a year.

Once completed, the power plant will have a production capacity of 250 megawatts (MW) and a storage capacity of up to 1,500 megawatt-hours. The project, which cost Dh1.42 billion to build, will have a useful life of up to 80 years. It is part of Dewa’s efforts to achieve Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 It aims to provide 100 percent of Dubai’s total energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

At night or during off-peak hours, advanced turbines will use clean energy to pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. Turbines driven by the velocity of the upper reservoir waterfall will be used to generate electricity through a 1.2 kilometer underground water channel, with a high efficiency in energy generation and storage of up to 78.9% and with a 90-second response to electricity demand. .

Boost to the local economy

There is no announcement yet regarding the actual completion of the two eco-friendly attractions. The Hatta Sustainable Waterfalls project is priced at Dh46 million, while Dewa will call for tenders for bidders and contractors for the construction of the Dubai Mountain Peak cable car.

The projects were also designed to boost local businesses and provide job opportunities for Hatta residents. Dewa previously announced that it will offer retail stores free of charge to Emiratis in the mountainous enclave.

‘Show the beauty of the United Arab Emirates’

In a previous statement, Al-Tayer He stressed the importance of eco-projects. He said

“Leveraging the latest technology and taking into account the unique geology of the Hatta region, we are implementing the waterfall projects in accordance with the highest international environmental standards.”

He added:

“Our goal is to preserve the Hatta Mountain Reserve and harmonize the project with its surroundings. “We want to offer a unique experience to UAE tourists and showcase the beauty of the mountainous regions of the UAE.”

News Source: Khaleej Times


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