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150 buildings renovated within Dubai's Shindagha Heritage District

by Neha Bhatia on Mar 8, 2018

The Ruler of Dubai recently toured the ongoing Shindagha Heritage District's project site [image: Twitter/Dubai Media Office].
The Ruler of Dubai recently toured the ongoing Shindagha Heritage District's project site [image: Twitter/Dubai Media Office].

The house of HH Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum has been renovated in Dubai.

Part of the ongoing Shindagha Heritage District project, the former residence of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family is one of the 150 historical buildings that have been renovated as part of the programme.

The renovation project is being carried out by Dubai Municipality’s (DM) Architectural Heritage Department. 

A Heritage Majlis facility, spanning 1,021m2 (11,000 sqft), is being developed by DM's Engineering office.

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The Shindagha Heritage District project is aimed at creating new cultural and commercial opportunities in the historical neighbourhood, with the aim of attracting 12 million visitors to the area by 2020. 

These details were revealed during a site tour recently conducted by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

Sheikh Mohammed inspected the progress of the Shindagha Heritage District project, which is part of a major renovation drive to to rejuvenate some of Dubai's oldest zones.

Commenting during his tour, Sheikh Mohammed said the preservation of heritage sites would help to "provide a bridge between current and future generations". 

According to Dubai Media Office, he continued: "Preserving our heritage and culture are part of our national responsibility.

"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," Sheikh Mohammed added.

In January 2018, Acciona Producciones y Diseño (APD) was selected by DM to implement technical development and 'museographic' works for phases 2A, 2C and 2D of the Shindagha Museum project in Dubai’s Historic District.

The project is based on designs by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and sections worked on by APD will open in H2 2018. 

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Dubai’s Historic District covers 155ha and includes Deira, Bur Dubai, and Shindagha, where the ruling Al Maktoum royal family of Dubai originally lived. 

The development will feature more than 60 projects, including the reconstruction of historic buildings, the development of approximately 35,000m2 of museums, and a theatre, as well as relocation of the Al Fahidi Fort Museum and Courtyard and the development of a wide range of cultural features. 

The Shindagha Museum project is divided into several stages, or ‘waves’, corresponding to different theme pavilions made up of clustered historic houses that showcase Dubai’s history and culture.

Shindagha Museum is comprised of a group of historic houses that will be reconstructed using authentic methods by DM's Architectural Heritage Department to respect the original construction as much as possible.