A programme has been launched to preserve heritage architecture in Dubai.

Dubai Municipality’s (DM) scheme, Modern Heritage Initiative, will focus on buildings that were developed in the 1960s and 1970s, and will aim to “document and protect” these structures.

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The authority met with officials from “several government organisations that own these buildings” to reiterate the importance of those structures and their place in Dubai’s built environment, since “many of these buildings are considered part of the memory of the place and contribute to the story of the development of Dubai towards modernity and global status”.

As part of its programme, DM is working with agencies such the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Al Baraha Hospital, Knowledge Fund Establishment, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The project will be jointly launched by the Planning Department and the Architectural Heritage Department of the Municipality.

Among the buildings included in the programme are DWTC, Clock Tower, Al Baraha Hospital, Al Khuloud Nursery, and Al Ras Library.

Commenting on the programme, Eng Ahmed Mahmoud, director of DM’s architectural heritage department, said: “Many of these buildings still occupy major positions and perform important functions.

“The buildings have had a great impact on shaping the urban environment and crystallizing the architectural character of the 1960s and 1970s of Dubai's development.”