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Dubai Municipality appoints Acciona to develop Shindagha heritage works

Acciona Producciones y Diseño (APD) has been selected by Dubai Municipality (DM) to implement technical development and ‘museographic’ works for phases 2A, 2C and 2D of the Shindagha Museum project in Dubai’s Historic District, Construction Week Online reported.

The project is based on designs by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and sections worked on by APD will open in H2 2018.

Dubai’s Historic District covers 155ha and includes Deira, Bur Dubai, and Shindagha, where Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum royal family of Dubai originally lived.

The project will feature more than 60 projects, including the reconstruction of historic buildings, the development of approximately 35,000m2 of museums, and a theatre, as well as relocation of the Al Fahidi Fort Museum and Courtyard and the development of a wide range of cultural features.

The Shindagha Museum project is divided into several stages, or ‘waves’, corresponding to different theme pavilions made up of clustered historic houses that showcase Dubai’s history and culture.

The restoration plan also includes a series of key buildings, museums, mosques, a tourism office, hotels, and restaurants.

The exhibit content in waves 2A, 2C, and 2D of Shindagha Heritage District will be developed and implemented by APD.

Wave 2A includes four house museums dedicated to different traditions in Emirati culture, covering an exhibition area of 2,950m2.

Wave 2C of Shindagha Museum will cover an exhibition area of 3,280m2 and will based on 11 houses grouped under the shared Life on the Land theme. The exhibition will focus on the different land environment in the UAE – desert, oasis, coastal, and mountainous, – and the importance of their harmonious coexistence.

The Wave 2D contract awarded to APD will be based on the Navigation theme. With a total exhibition area of 995.4m2, it will be developed in six historic houses in the Shindagha district.

Shindagha Museum is comprised of a group of historic houses that will be reconstructed using authentic methods by DM’s Architectural Heritage Department to respect the original construction as much as possible.

Up to 17 thematic pavilions will display more than 50 collections of historical and cultural value.