Dubai looking to preserve old buildings
Key architectural landmarks identified by a team of government bodies includes the Dubai World Trade Center, Clock Tower, Al Baraha Hospital, Al Khuloud Nursery and Al Ras Library
Dubai Municipality (DM) is putting a plan in place to preserve old buildings dating back to the sixties and seventies with a view to maintain the heritage of the city
The municipality organised a meeting with several government organizations that own these buildings.
They were briefed on DM’s Modern Heritage Initiative and clarified the importance of this stage of the history of urban development in Dubai.
DM is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Al Baraha Hospital, Knowledge Fund Establishment, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and the World Trade Center.
The project will be launched jointly by the Planning Department and the Architectural Heritage Department in the Municipality.
A list of buildings has been earmarked by the Planning Department that’s headed by Eng. Najib Mohammed Saleh, in cooperation with the Architectural Heritage Department.
The short list includes the Dubai World Trade Center, Clock Tower, Al Baraha Hospital, Al Khuloud Nursery and Al Ras Library.
Eng. Ahmed Mahmoud, Director of Architectural Heritage Department said: “Many of these buildings occupy major positions and perform important functions. The buildings have had a great impact on shaping the urban environment and crystallising the architectural character of the 1960s and 1970s of Dubai's development,” he said.
The Dubai World Trade Center was built in 1973 by architect John Harris.
The old Al Baraha Hospital was one of the first hospitals to be built in Deira in 1966 at the expense of the government of Kuwait.
The 100-bed hospital was designed by John Harris as part of the city expansion, which was later called Al Baraha Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Al Ras Library was built in 1963 and the Al Khuloud Nursery School in Karama dates back to 1975.
The Modern Heritage Initiative is in line with recent global and regional trends to protect cultural heritage. UNESCO has begun to incorporate many of these buildings into the World Heritage List as part of the heritage of humanity.