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09/03/2018 - 17:00hs

Dubai renovates historic neighborhood

A project designed to protect the heritage of Al Shindagha will strive to make the area a cultural tourism hub and home to the world’s biggest outdoor museum.

Dubai – Dubai’s Al Shindagha Heritage District project is designed to protect and renovate the neighborhood, as well as create the world’s largest outdoor museum, spanning over 11,000 sqm, in a drive to bring 12 million tourists to the area by 2020. So far, 150 historical buildings have been renovated, including former Dubai emir Saeed Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum’s home.


The emir of Dubai (C) visited the project

The project will convert the area into one of the most attractive culture and heritage centers in the region, which relies primarily on trade, handicraft and the pearl industry. It will do so by boosting cultural tourism and adding new cultural and commercial attractions.

Dubai emir and UAE prime minister Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the historical district on Wednesday (7) alongside government authorities to supervise the project, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

“Preserving our heritage and culture are part of our national responsibility,” the emir said. “The Emirati architectural heritage is part of our identity and culture. Future generations have to preserve it so that it remains a testament to the ability of Emiratis to innovate and discover solutions to adapt to their environment,” he went on.

The renovation of Al Shindagha is a joint project of the Dubai Municipality, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The works are being carried out by the Dubai Municipality’s Architectural Heritage Department.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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