Al Shindagha neighborhood in Dubai … the eye of the past, the creativity of the present and the growth of the future

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The Historic Neighborhood Al Shindagha possesses a special kind of aroma in its architecture and the details of its alleys that show details of the life of the inhabitants of Bur Dubai, so that the neighborhood and the region remain a testament to centuries-old traditions and aesthetics of human achievements in all areas of life Young people are their way to the future and a far-sighted station for giving and renewed creativity from the Emirates’s national identity repository.

documenting traditions

The Historic Al Shindagha Quarter is a source of inspiration for many young talents in the fields of art and architecture as well as photography and design, both through its museums and homes embracing the history of Dubai and Creek and many other stories that may be read instead, which is one of the most important living references documenting the traditions and culture of everyday Emirati society through its leading role in the history of the Emirate of Dubai.

contemporary vision

The cultural projects also express a contemporary vision to preserve the region’s heritage and civilized architecture, and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority “Dubai Culture” oversees their implementation in cooperation with the Dubai Municipality, together with the Department of Economy and Tourism of Dubai, and lists pages from social and political life, as well as cultural achievements full of achievements and dreams that have become reality, and today includes a group of museums, whose exterior facade has received models and designs of old houses, but from inside includes the latest. interactive display technologies, which contribute to the acquaintance of visitors with the value of this region and its continuity to the present day through the spirit of customs and traditions of the people of Dubai. With details that keep pace with the development of cultural and civil society , including the Shindagha Museum, the Perfume House, the Historical Documentation Center, the Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeological Museum, and the picturesque coastline.

traditional character

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house is the most prominent feature of the region. The building dates back to 1896, when it was used as the seat of the ruler and constituted an important era in the history of the emirate, which gave it historic. functionally important, and then gained another architectural and artistic importance, characterized by the richness of urban components and heritage elements, in addition to the site strategy, as the building overlooks the shopping area. of Dubai Creek, which is the main artery of economic and commercial life in the Emirates of Dubai. A house restoration project was implemented as part of the traditional character preservation in 1986 and included its reintroduction to the contemporary environment. The building was furnished to be used as a museum for historical photographs and documents of the Emirate of Dubai, through the use of appropriate modern technologies of means and methods of display, so that the building bears witness to the Dubai civilization and its historical development.

epic stories

On the importance of Al Shindagha neighborhood as an inspiring destination for young people and talents in the field of art and design, Rashad Bukhash, President of the Urban Heritage Association, says: The civilizing history of nations in general is a source of inspiration and attraction. for young people, as it carries a cultural mix of salty traditions and stories perpetuated by old buildings and neighborhoods. , which applies to the Al Shindagha neighborhood, which was part of Dubai Old Town along with Bur Dubai and Deira. The creek separates Bur Dubai from Bur Deira and Al Shindagha on the west side of the creek. A sand barrier called Al Ghubaiba divides between Al Shindagha and Bur Dubai. The Shindagha area overlooks the entrance to the Dubai Creek from the south, and overlooks the city’s seaport and its vital artery. The history of the area’s creation dates back to around 1862 AD.

Bukhash adds: The historical importance of the Shindagha area emerged in the late nineteenth century when the population growth in the city led to the need for new planning for the city and the creation of new residential neighborhoods. The Shindagha area became the residence of the ruling family and most of the Bani Yas tribe. The late Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum moved there in the late nineteenth century.

Dubai Architecture

Regarding the aesthetics of architecture in the region, Bukhash points out: Shindagha buildings clearly express the flourishing aspects of life and the transcendent state of sophistication that characterized the vocabulary of traditional home architecture by treating architecture as a civilized aesthetic language lying in its corners. of the Emirates building, where the region is one of the most important areas. , and watches the outcrop of the city sea and its vital artery.The ruling family and the total area of ​​the region is approximately 11 hectares.

cultural system

Regarding the presence of the old quarter within a contemporary cultural system in the Emirate of Dubai, Bukhash says: The region has witnessed great official and governmental interest in recent years, in addition to several projects for the restoration of its historic buildings, under the directives His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates The ruler of Dubai, God bless him, has revived the historic Al Shindagha area and its historic buildings to be a giant museum telling the story of Dubai and its history.

open museum

Bukhash explains: This project is different from being a restoration of an ancient building, but rather it is an entire area that tells the story of those who inhabited it with its ornate buildings, narrow rails and beautiful mosques. hapura. The neighborhoods have already been rebuilt and the heritage buildings have been restored to the historic area to begin the largest restoration process of the buildings, which numbered 162 buildings on an area of ​​169,000 square meters, developed into integrated museums, representing more than 25 museum experiences. , and each of them consists of several suites with more than 80 heritage buildings, telling the story of the beginning of modern life in Dubai.


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