Sheikh Mohammed: “We need to preserve our heritage”

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Dubai’s Shindagha Heritage District is undergoing a major renovation…

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has taken a tour of one of Dubai’s oldest areas, which is being given a facelift to boost cultural tourism.

The vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai this week inspected progress at the Shindagha Heritage District – the same neighbourhood in which he himself was born in 1949.

The neighbourhood is the site of a major renovation project that is expected to transform the area into the leading culture and heritage centre in the region.

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“Preserving our heritage and culture are part of our national responsibility,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“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.”

So far, 150 historical buildings have been renovated, including the house of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum – Sheikh Mohammed’s late grandfather.

There are also plans to create the largest open museum in the world as part of the project, which will include 23 secondary museums.

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