(MENAFN – Khaleej Times)
These colorful stone pieces – put together to form wonderful trails, houses, structures and sculptures with various patterns – have many stories to tell and messages to share. Yes, the stones speak here and you will never cease to marvel at their beauty and eloquence.
Welcome to the one-of-a-kind stone village of Dubai’s Hatta region, owned by retired Brigadier Ali Al Sayed Ibrahim, the former Director General of Dubai Civil Defense.
It’s not just a visual treat or a hot spot to relax in – with an expansive sit-out and recreation area – but much more than that.
“Every artwork here has a message or story behind it. One of the many artwork, a masterpiece, is Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid kissing in Sedirah at the union of emirates in 1968. Other works reflect wisdom. Some of my memories are also documented in the form of structures, “said Al Sayed.
He pointed out that creating these nature-derived works of art (stones and rocks) has been his hobby and passion since his first visit to Hatta in 1974.
“I fell in love with this place because it is less humid and has a pleasant temperature. The rocks and the hills gave birth to an idea. I started working on the concept in the early 90s and it is now coming to fruition. “, he added. .
Al Sayed built eye-catching miniatures of traditional and iconic UAE landmarks at the entrance to the project.
From the Fujairah coffee maker roundabout to a traditional watchtower, houses, a wind tower, a cannon, a dhow and a fort, it is all nostalgic. It takes the visitor back in time and gives an insight into how the Arabs lived in the early days.
“This stone village is carved into my memory, my imagination and my literature,” said the retired sergeant.
Marbles, granites, limestones and many other types of stones in different colors, shapes and sizes were imported for the project.
“The beauty of a work of art lies in the combination of perfect stones, which sometimes have to be brought from other countries,” he explained.
He believes that Hatta has a lot of potential to attract tourists with its spectacular scenery and good weather. It has also planned a health club, meditation and yoga center on site.
Having observed Hatta since its inception, Ibrahim stressed the importance of starting a planting campaign in the mountains to attract rain to the area.
“Thick layers of cloud from the Indian oceans are heading towards Hatta, but when they reach near the hills, they rise to a much higher altitude due to the heat of the mountains. from these clouds, we must plant trees on these mountains, that will make it abundant in vegetation. “
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