It is the old quarter of Dubai with a history that predates the modern metropolis that surrounds it, and now the Ruler of Dubai has inspected progress on the remarkable transformation of the Shindagha Heritage District.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, walked the streets on Wednesday to witness rejuvenate one of the oldest parts of the city.
“Preserving our heritage and culture are part of our national responsibility,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“The Emirati architectural heritage is part of its 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. This is clearly shown in the architectural heritage left behind by our forefathers."
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He was accompanied by Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
According to the Dubai Government Media Office, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the progress of the project, which is being developed jointly by Dubai Municipality, Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
So far, 150 historical buildings have been renovated including the house of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. The renovation project is being carried out by Dubai Municipality’s Architectural Heritage Department according to international best practices.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed inspected the Heritage Majlis, which extends over 11,000 square feet.
The project aims to transform the area into the leading culture and heritage centre in the region, focusing on trade, crafts and the pearling industry.
It also aims to boost cultural tourism, which is a key focus in attracting visitors to the emirate.
The project will create new cultural and commercial opportunities and ultimately attract 12 million visitors to the historical district by 2020.