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Plans unveiled to redevelop and demolish parts of Old Umm Al Quwain District

A resolution has been issued to spur development works at Old Umm Al Quwain District in the UAE.

HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, issued resolution No 3 for 2017.

The resolution mandates that the Umm Al Quwain Department of Planning and Survey (DPS) prepares a plan for developing and upgrading the Old Umm Al Quwain District.

This would include demolishing derelict buildings in the area.

Article 2 of the resolution states that tenancy contracts for residential and commercial properties in the district will not be renewed after their expiry.

The issuance of licences for new and existing facilities there will also be halted, unless approved by the DPS.

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According to the resolution’s Article 3, DPS will estimate the total cost for the district’s development and upgrade, and propose an appropriate mechanism for collecting demolition fees.

“The resolution will be effective from the date of its signature and will be published in the Official Gazette”, WAM reported.

During an interview with Rem Koolhaas in March, the architect spoke about taking a new approach to saving buildings from the past in Dubai.

“There was a concern for Dubai and it’s constant transformation where the danger was and still is, that every part of old Dubai or authentic Dubai or poor Dubai, could eventually be replaced by modern architecture, and that would not be good for the full spectrum of experiences the city needs,” he explained.