Sustainable architectural heritage drive for Dubai

The theme: Sustainable Heritage – Global Vision, Local Experiences has been chosen for next year’s Architectural Conservation Conference, to be held in Dubai.

The fourth in a series of international events it will highlight the necessity to include advances in sustainability when protecting historical areas.

Dubai Municipality is organising the conference and expects more than 300 papers on best practice for sustainable heritage.

All the papers will then be submitted to academics around the world for evaluation.

Last year more than 12 million tourists visited modern architecture sites in Dubai, such as the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa – and the municipality wants to extend the range of historical attractions.

Rashad Bukkash, its chief executive of architectural heritage, said: “A lot of visitors come for cultural and historical tourism. So it’s important that we have this balance in Dubai and by 2020 we want to reach 20 million visitors for histopric place.”