Dubai Creek Too Knocked About to Get World Heritage Status

Gulf News

According to the report, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Dubai Creek did not meet some of the criteria and its architectural representation was limited, “as a result of its significant reduction of historic architectural substance and urban patterns, as well as the changes of the shape and mouth of the creek.

The neighbourhoods included in the property were partly demolished and reconstructed, and in other cases, extensively restored and now provide an impressive imagination of what the city may have looked like half a century ago.”

ICOMOS however does not consider that reconstructions, even of the highest quality, can represent a unique representation of what they attempt to recreate. The property provides ideas of the historical context but the present condition of its physical attributes and their functional relation does not meet the condition of authenticity.

ICOMOS also considers that the legal protection in place is not yet adequate as the present buffer zone is not protected by municipal bylaws, and that planned and ongoing development projects will further alter the urban characteristic and setting of Dubai Creek.

Knocking half of the old town down to build a palace in the 1970s didnt help.  Dubai should submit a joint bid with Sharjah and Abu Dhabi (‘historic pearling villages of the Trucial coast’ and stand a much better chance.


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