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Dubai World Trade Center to be Preserved Under New Initiative

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 10 August 2018

Dubai is planning to preserve its landmark buildings from the 1960s and ‘70s as part of a new initiative called Modern Heritage.

Dubai Municipality is collaborating with a group of partners, including the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Al Baraha Hospital, Knowledge Fund Establishment, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, and the World Trade Center. The project will be launched jointly by the city’s Planning and Architectural Heritage departments.

A shortlist of buildings has been created as the first stage in ensuring the protection of these buildings. The list includes Dubai World Trade Center, Clock Tower, Al Baraha Hospital, Al Khuloud Nursery and Al Ras Library.

Dubai Municipality organized a meeting with several government organizations that own these buildings, and they were briefed on the initiative.

Ahmed Mahmoud, director of the 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."

The Dubai World Trade Center, built in 1973 by architect John Harris, was the first skyscraper in the region, while the old Al Baraha Hospital was one of the first hospitals to be built in Deira in 1966.

The list also includes Al Ras Library, built in 1963 under the guidance of Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, as the first library in Dubai.

For more on this story, go to Arabian Business.

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