His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Approves Second Phase Of Dubai’s Heritage Project

Dubai Media Office

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, has approved the second phase of a project dedicated to conserving Dubai’s heritage architecture. This initiative, part of a broader effort to protect the emirate's cultural and architectural legacy, aims to safeguard significant historical areas, sites, and buildings that narrate Dubai's story. The focus of this phase is on preserving 35 areas, sites, and buildings dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, following the successful completion of the first phase, which concentrated on earlier historical buildings in Dubai.

Importance Of The Second Phase 

In the project's second phase, 35 heritage sites and buildings in Dubai, including old neighbourhoods, will undergo restoration. Described by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan as an 'open museum of human heritage', these areas hold decades of memories and represent Dubai's renaissance. 

Situated amidst modern Dubai, they connect the past with the city's future aspirations, showcasing Dubai's evolution. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan aims to enhance the appeal of historical areas and modern landmarks to attract more visitors, underscoring a commitment to national identity and elevating Dubai's global stature. 

With the second phase, the total number of sites covered reaches 807, including 17 archaeological sites, 14 historical areas, and 741 buildings from the initial phase. This comprehensive preservation effort intertwines Dubai's past, present, and future, inviting the world to experience its rich heritage.

Which Areas Will Be Covered In The Second Phase 

The 35 sites and buildings covered by the second phase of the project include: 

Deira's Clock Tower

Al Maktoum Hospital

Rashid Tower

Dubai Hospital

Dubai Petroleum Building

Baraha Hospital

Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport

Rashid Hospital

Dubai Municipality Main Building

Latifa Hospital (Al Wasl)

Dubai Television Building

Omar Bin Haider Mosque

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Palace - Za'abeel

Emirates Post Building - Al Karama

Hospitality Palace

Water tank at Al Khazzan Park

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Palace - Hatta

Safa Park Building

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed School - Hatta

Al Nasr Leisureland

Za'abeel Secondary School

Jumeirah Zoo

Al Ras Library

Emirates Golf Club

Dubai Land Department Building

Dubai Creek Golf Club

Fish Roundabout

Jumeirah Mosque

Dubai Courts Building

Rashidiya Grand Mosque

Diwan Building

Al Fahidi Mosque

Naif Police Station

Health Authority Mosque

Flame Monument


In the first phase of the project, Dubai Municipality focused on preserving buildings from Dubai’s earlier historical periods. This phase aims to 'document and protect' these structures, ensuring their preservation for future generations. Buildings, sites and areas covered by this phase included the Al Shindagha Heritage District, the Naif area, and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, among others.

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