Shaikh Mohammad orders building of 250 houses in Hatta

13/07/2012 - Northern Emirates Property & Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Shaikh Mohammad orders building of 250 houses in Hatta

When people think of Dubai, they often imagine of the burgeoning skyscrapers, the Palm Jumeirah and the bustling marina, but there is more to the emirate than its metropolitan heart.Gulf News reports that His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, has ordered 250 houses to be built in the Hatta area of Dubai, further expanding the range of properties in the UAE.Hatta is a Sheikhdom in the Hajjar mountains area of the emirate, which is an enclave of Dubai some 70 miles to the south-east of the province proper.It has a milder climate to the main city due to its altitude and is a popular holiday resort for UAE nationals.But for those from overseas, the Hatta district may be unknown to them, and the Ruler of Dubai is investing in the area to raise its profile and expand the range of properties available in the region.The houses planned for construction in Hatta will be affordable, as Shaikh Mohammad is eager to build more homes in the emirate that are affordable to emitaris, as well as those who want to buy property in the UAE because they have moved to the country for work.During Shaikh Mohammad's visit to Hatta this week, he visited a local hospital and inspected its healthcare and treatment services and looked at the Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs centre in Hatta, where he was greeted by lieutenant-general Saif Abdullah Al Shaafar, undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior and Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director-general of Dubai General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs.Shaikh Mohammad saw the Hatta-Oman border and the site of the new residential construction project.The scheme will cost some AED35 million (£6.1 million) and will be completed and ready to welcome their first occupants later this year.In addition to more affordable dwellings, those buying in Dubai with a high net-worth are continuing to help the emirate to grow.Gulf News reported this week that the Wealth Report shows the influx of affluent expats has boosted business in the region over the last five years.