The UAE Premier has approved plans for Dubai to renovate its Historical District, located around Dubai Creek.  The works should be completed by 2018.

The project will cover four key districts (Shindagha, Bur Dubai, Al Faheidi and Deira) on over 1.5 square kilometers, and transform the area into a heritage centre.  The pre-qualification of the four districts are aligned with Dubai’s ambitions to develop cultural tourism in order to become a cultural hub in the UAE.  The new historical district is expected to attract around 12 million visitors by 2020.

The National UAE  published this article on 3 February 2015 on the subject.

DUBAI // A major renovation project that aims to rejuvenate some of the oldest parts of the city is set to go ahead.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has given his approval for work to begin on developing Dubai’s Historical District.

The project, which includes the building of a museum, pedestrianisation and restoration, will centre around Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) and is being carried out by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Municipality and Dubai Culture.

The improvements complement the municipality’s plans to qualify as a United Nations World Heritage Site, and will be presented to Unesco in January next year.

“Khor Dubai and the Historical District are the soul of the city, and define our cultural legacy and Emirati heritage,” said Abdul Rahman Al Owais, the Health Minister and chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

“Apart from having contributed to the evolution of the city as a global hub for business by promoting trade and commerce, our community today celebrates the cultural identity of Dubai and serves as one of the most inspiring art centres.”

he Work on the project, which will focus on Shindagha, Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi and Deira, could begin later this month.