Construction Week Viewpoint tackles heritage-inspired building projects in the UAE, and discusses why preserving traditional and historic buildings is vital in the modern age.

In the latest episode, hosts Oscar Rousseau and Jumana Abdel-Razzaq are joined by Rima Alsammarae, editor of Middle East Architectwho shares her insight on the efforts in motion to preserve architectural heritage in countries such as the UAE.

The demolition of old buildings is a sensitive topic; on the one hand, preserving cultural heritage is important, but so is making room available to modern development projects.

Last year, Dubai Land Department's Mohamad Khodr Al-Dah, said that "we risk losing our architectural heritage” if buildings continue to be demolished, and the latest podcast episode looks at this, and the efforts of developers, contractors, and architects to preserve the country's heritage architecture.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly SoundCloud podcast series produced by the Construction Week editorial team.

Listeners can tune in from their handheld devices at noon every Monday to learn more about the biggest issues in the business, including the decline in major onsite accidents, exclusive CW statistics on a growing regional skills gaphyperloop updates, and why Saudi Arabia is in a race against time to build more hospitals.