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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.
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.
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 through it lists the pages of social and political life.
As well as cultural full of achievements and dreams that have become a reality, and today includes a group of museums, whose exterior facade has received models and designs of old houses, but from the inside includes the latest technologies of interactive display, which . contribute to familiarizing visitors with the value of this region and its continuity to this day through the spirit of the customs and artistic traditions of the people of Dubai with details that keep pace with the development of cultural and civil society, including the Shindagha Museum, Perfume House , Historical Documentation Center, Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeological Museum and picturesque coastline.
The house of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum is the most prominent feature of the region and 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 historical significance from a functional point of view and then gained another importance from the architectural and artistic point of view and is characterized by the richness of urban components and heritage elements.
In addition to the site strategy, the building overlooks the Dubai Creek shopping area, 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.
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’s Old Town along with Bur Dubai and Deira, and the Brook divides Bur Dubai and Bur Deira, and Al Shindagha on the west side of the creek.
A sand barrier called Al Ghubaiba splits 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.
He continues: The historical significance of the Shindagha area emerged in the late nineteenth century when the population growth in the city led to the need for a new planning for the city and the creation of new residential neighborhoods.
He added: The Shindagha buildings clearly express the prosperous 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 that extends to its corners the Emirates building visions, where the area is a of the most important and famous historical areas in Dubai, and is special with its unique buildings and magnificent architecture.
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 Majesty Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates her.
He explains: This project is different from the restoration of an ancient building, but rather it is an entire area that tells the story of its inhabitants, with its ornate buildings, narrow rails and beautiful mosques.