Khor Dubai, a Traditional Merchants’ Harbour [ United Arab Emirates ]

cultural property


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Client 

Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates

Dates 

February 2012 / January 2016
(submitted in January 2016)

The nomination was withdrawn by the State Party in June 2018 (before the 42nd World Heritage Committee session)

Links 

UAE Tentative List

methodology

RC Heritage has worked in close collaboration with AHAD, the Architectural Heritage and Antiquities Department of Dubai Municipality, in charge of the protection and development of the historic neighbourhoods. Regular meetings and workshops were held in Dubai, with all the stakeholders concerned by the life along the creek.

description

Khor Dubai (Dubai creek in arabic), a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf, divides the city of Dubai into two parts and has played a major role in the economic development of the Emirate throughout history, permitting the development of an urban settlement that thrived on maritime commerce, pearling and fishing. The Municipality of Dubai wishes to inscribe the historic neighbourhoods of the city and part of the creek itself on the World Heritage List, and is developing a major conservation and reconstruction project aiming at re-creating bonds between the modern metropolis and its heritage.

Khor Dubai and its surrounding historic neighbourhoods constitute an outstanding and universally valuable site where natural, architectural and cultural components create a unique urban landscape where influences from the entire Gulf area mingle into a coherent and alive ensemble preserving both tangible and intangible heritage values. The nominated property includes the first 4,5 km of the creek, from the original mouth to the first bridge built to connect the two banks, with the quays and the piers of the harbour where hundreds of wooden boats continue to moor and download goods according to a century-old tradition. The nomination builds upon the three major assets of the site: the architectural neighbourhoods of Al-Faheidi, Shindagha and Deira, the persistence of traditional wooden dhows connecting the two sides of the Gulf, and the continuing commercial relevance of Historic Dubai at the regional scale.