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Heritage of Urban and Architectural Modernities in the Arab World - An Exhibit

In March of this year, Team WAD visited the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) to view the exhibit on the "Heritage of Urban and Architectural Modernities in the Arab World".

ARC-WH, endorsed by the UNESCO, "contributes to the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage sites in the region." [1] The exhibit is educational as it explains not only general details of each "heritage site" but the historical value of these key urban and architectural structures that made a positive impact in the infrastructure of the modern Arab World.


Below are 3 of the 19 sites highlighted in the exhibit :


Central Bank | Sanaa, Yemen

"Modern Architecture in Yemen developed first in Aiden, which was a British Colony until 1967. Due to its active port, remarkable buildings were constructed within the vicinity between the 1940s and the 1960s. As for Sanaa, the capital, it began to enjoy in the 1970s a period of prosperity, and received aid to finance public buildings such as the Central Bank of Yemen built by Egyptian achitects Mustafa Shawki and Salah Zeitoun." [2][3]




Al-Ahmadi Cinema | Al-Ahmadi, Kuwait

"In 1947, the Kuwait Oil Company commissioned the British firm Wilson Mason & Partners to design a masterplan for the Al-Ahmadi new town... Originally built mainly for British and other expatriates, the city was gradually occupied and appropriated by Kuwaiti nationals in the 1960s following independence.

The Al-Ahmadi Cinema, designed by Egyptian architect Sayed Karim, was inaugurated in 1966." [3][4]




Carlton Hotel | Ramallah, Palestine

"Modernity started to take its course in Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century. Despite the particular context in which the region was going through in the 1950s and 1960s, the West Bank could still benefit from interaction with Arab countries and the rest of the world.

Within this context of development and freedom of movement, the Carlton Hotel, designed by Fouad Al-Sayegh, was inaugurated in Ramallah in 1963." [3][5]





We highly recommend visiting the Exhibit if you are interested in history, urban planning and architecture. Location of Exhibit is found in the link below :

http://arcwh.org/contact


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  1. Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), http://arcwh.org/who-we-are, Accessed on 2nd May, 2019

  2. Exhibition Catalogue, "Heritage of Urban and Architectural Modernities in the Arab World" (MUAMA), 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Centre: 41

  3. Please visit exhibit for more details on the history and architecture of the building.

  4. Exhibition Catalogue, "Heritage of Urban and Architectural Modernities in the Arab World" (MUAMA), 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Centre: 25

  5. Exhibition Catalogue, "Heritage of Urban and Architectural Modernities in the Arab World" (MUAMA), 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Centre: 19

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