Wednesday, April 1, 2009
DM renovates heritage buildings in Hatta
Dubai Municipality recently renovated the traditional Al Sharia Musalla and Bait Al Waly in the Hatta area.
Eng. Rashad Bukhash, Director of Architectural Heritage Department said the renovation work was part of the Municipality's plan for renovation of mosques in the Emirate of Dubai.
He said the renovation work also comes as part of the efforts to preserve the architectural heritage and to highlight the reality of this heritage, and an emphasis on a deep sense of historical and cultural features.
"The restoration and reconstruction work, based on scientific and international standards, forms an important point in the strategy of the Architectural Heritage Department, which is keen on the restoration and reconstruction of existing buildings in historic areas in the Emirate of Dubai. The work is done in a successful way with the level of quality and excellence these places deserve and this is reflected by the case of work done and the work still continues," said Bukhash.
"The restoration work was done according to international specifications by workers who have high skill and efficiency. With the help of Fujairah Municipality, we had undertaken the renovation of the historical Bidya mosque and some architectural conservation projects in Ras Al Khaimah, in addition to providing expertise and support in the restoration projects in Syria, Morocco and Yemen to preserve the urban and architectural heritage landmarks in the Arab states as a highlight of the features of culture and tradition," he said.
"The historic buildings are tourist attractions in Dubai but to make the area vital historic buildings are used for commercial and awareness purposes. Some restored buildings have been leased to a number of hotels, restaurants and cafes and for the purpose of art displays and some buildings that are to be restored are rented for accommodation purposes," said Bukhash.