Sheikh Hamdan approves Dubai heritage project to restore 35 buildings, sites

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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the second phase of a Dubai heritage preservation project that will see 35 neighborhoods and buildings from the 1960s to the 90s restored.

Among the sites and buildings that will be restored or preserved are the Clock Tower, Deira Fish Roundabout, Safa Park, several hospitals and Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport.

“We have a responsibility to celebrate our history and protect our architectural treasures for future generations. Located in the heart of modern Dubai, these sites bridge the past with the city’s future aspirations. Dubai invites the world to witness its past, present, and the future, all together in one place,” said Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai,

Sheikh Hamdan said that the project reflects the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to raise the emirate’s profile as a global cultural destination, and preserve its unique national character.

“The emirate’s heritage is an integral aspect of its identity that connects the community to its history and its roots. By protecting its heritage architecture, Dubai seeks to promote a deeper understanding among citizens, residents and visitors of what has shaped the emirate into the thriving global metropolis it is today,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

The initial phase of the heritage restoration project covered 17 archaeological sites, 14 historical areas, and 741 buildings in the Al Shindagha Heritage District, Naif area, and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, among others. The second phase, which covers 35 sites and buildings, brings the total to 807.

The sites and buildings covered by the second phase of the project include: Clock Tower, Rashid Tower, Dubai Petroleum Building, Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport, Dubai Municipality Main Building, Dubai Television Building, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Palace – Za’abeel, Hospitality Palace, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Palace – Hatta, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed School – Hatta, Za’abeel Secondary School, Al Ras Library, Dubai Land Department Building, Fish Roundabout, Dubai Courts Building, Diwan Building, Naif Police Station, the Flame Monument, Emirates Post Building – Al Karama, the water tank at Al Khazzan Park, Safa Park Building, Al Nasr Leisureland, Jumeirah Zoo, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Creek Golf Club, Jumeirah Mosque, Rashidiya Grand Mosque, Al Fahidi Mosque, Health Authority Mosque, Omar Bin Haider Mosque, Al Maktoum Hospital, Dubai Hospital, Baraha Hospital, Rashid Hospital, and Latifa Hospital (formerly Al Wasl Hospital). ICA/Expat Media

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