Heritage project in Dubai to attract 12 million visitors by 2020
“Preserving our heritage and culture is part of our national responsibility,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai recently stated during his visit to the Shindagha Heritage District. Set to be Dubai’s largest cultural project, Shindagha Heritage District aims to transform the area into a leading culture and heritage centre in the region. Focused on trade, crafts and the pearling industry, the project will boost cultural tourism for Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed explained that the architectural heritage is part of the Emirati identity and culture, what has been left behind by the forefathers, thus future generations need to preserve it. Another reason why the cultural heritage is important for Dubai’s identity is for the future generations to always remember the ability of the Emiratis to innovate and discover new solutions. Emiratis always like to strive for greatness and this project is no exception. The development will feature floating exhibits on historical trading boats, restored trade stores, exhibitions of local artistry and a performance centre showcasing traditional Emirati culture. The heritage project will create new cultural and commercial opportunities in the areas around the Saruq Al-Hadid Museum and the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
World's largest open-air museum
Developed jointly by Dubai Municipality, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the heritage development will comprise the world’s largest open-air museum featuring 23 secondary museums. Mohammed also underlined the role of history and legacy that can help Emiratis fully embrace modernity and increase their adaptability. So far, 150 historical buildings have been renovated, including the house of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed inspected the two-storey Heritage Majlis developed by the Engineering Office, which spans across 11,000 sq. ft.
Set against the Dubai Creek, the rejuvenation of the area will include 60 separate projects that will ultimately attract 12 million visitors to the historical district by 2020. To shed the light on Dubai’s cultural heritage, local Emirati tour guides will be offering guided tours about the tradition, heritage, trade, community and the place making of the historical district.
With expected completion in 2018, we look forward to visiting Shindagha Heritage District this year.
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