DCT Abu Dhabi to identify, maintain, and protect modern heritage

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT-Abu Dhabi) has launched a campaign to raise public awareness about modern heritage, with the aim of fostering civic pride and inspiring stakeholders to conserve specific sites.

DCT-Abu Dhabi has been identifying, protecting, and maintaining sites that ascribe to the country’s recent history.

In 2016, the emirate of Abu Dhabi introduced the Cultural Heritage Law, which established modern heritage on par with archaeological sites and historic buildings, and DCT Abu Dhabi has taken a leading role in identifying and protecting Abu Dhabi’s modern heritage.

Sites such as the Cultural Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Bus Station have been protected to provide physical evidence of the city’s continued development.

The Cultural Foundation is the first registered modern heritage site to have been rehabilitated according to international best practices, state-run news agency, Wam, reported.

The chairman of DCT-Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, said: “Modern heritage is not only about sizeable architectural icons; it also includes informal and more modest sites that embody historical, social, or cultural values, which are equally significant to the story of the UAE.”

“Sadly, many of these buildings have been deteriorating because of lack of maintenance and neglect, inappropriate renovations and repairs, lack of awareness and interest, shifts in trends and fashions and many other reasons. Individually and collectively, we have the civic responsibility to maintain and protect our modern heritage sites,” Al Mubarak added.

The second phase will involve an action plan for the maintenance and protection of these modern heritage sites in accordance with the Abu Dhabi Cultural Heritage Law.

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