Oldest zoo to be restored in Dubai

Dubai has launched the second phase of its heritage restoration programme, which will bring back to life 35 areas and buildings built between the 1960s and 1990s.

These include the oldest zoo on Jumeirah, the Clock Tower, Rashid Tower, Dubai Petroleum Building, Dubai International Airport Terminal 1, Dubai Municipality’s main building, Sheikh Rashid bin Said Palace, Dubai Land Department Building and Dubai Courts Building.

According to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, the current government has a responsibility to celebrate history and protect architectural treasures for future generations.

Renovation awaits the properties that hold the memory of decades of progress and symbolise the beginning of Dubai’s renaissance. The sites, located in the heart of modern Dubai, connect the past with the future aspirations of the city.

The project, according to the Crown Prince, aims to ensure cultural continuity, it demonstrates how history has influenced the development and establishment of the emirate and transformed it into one of the world’s most popular tourist centres.

In the first phase, 17 archaeological sites, 14 historical areas and 741 buildings were restored, including in Al Shindagha, Naif and Al Fahidi districts. The second phase of the project will bring the total number of sites to be restored to 807.

Source: The National

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