Construction operation starts on Heart of Sharjah

Work begins on massive city heritage development in Sharjah

Sharjah's heart is undergoing a major renovation to celebrate its heritage. Photo: Getty.
Sharjah's heart is undergoing a major renovation to celebrate its heritage. Photo: Getty.

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Construction work began last week on the first phase of the ‘Heart of Sharjah’ heritage project, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has announced.

One of the largest heritage projects in the region, construction on the first phase is scheduled for completion within the next two years, Shurooq said in a statement.

Announced in May this year, the project is Shurooq’s first project. Last week, the Sharjah Art Foundation began the renovation work, which includes “the partial demolition and adaptation of certain previously renovated historic buildings,” the statement added.

The first phase of the project will include rebuilding the ruling family’s houses near the fort and rebuilding the Al Midfaa family house as a hotel, according to HE Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq.

The work also “includes reconnecting Saqr Souq with Al Arsa Souq by rebuilding Al Shanasiah Souq which disappeared as a result of building extensions; improving air-conditioning and lighting works in the mentioned souqs; and restoring and, where necessary, reconstructing the gates and coverings of these souqs,” Al Sarkal added.

“Over the last few years we have been studying this mega project and planning to restore the historical and heritage parts of Sharjah,” added Peter Jackson, architectural advisor in the Ruler’s Office.

The statement added that the project has “the aim of reviving the historic and heritage areas… and transforming Sharjah into a tourist and trade destination with modern contemporary artistic touches.”

In 2011, Sharjah will celebrate the 10th Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah Art Foundation is planning to use the site to exhibit its work.

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