The “heritage trail project”, launched by Ajman Municipality & Planning Department, won the 2nd place in the World Architecture Festival (WAF), held in Lisbon, Portugal, over the period from 30 November to 2 December of the current year, 2022.
The project, titled “Together”, was able to win in the world festival, which contains participations from all around the world, including Portugal, Malaysia, Finland, Mexico, Turkey, Australia, Japan, India and the UK, so that the festival would celebrate the new completed buildings and natural landscaping projects. Furthermore, the festival discussed the response of architecture for the revival of social life after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this regard, H.E. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Nuaimi, the Department’s Director-General, emphasized: “The project demonstrates the positive image of the Emirate of Ajman, as a vibrant and attractive place to everybody of residents, visitors, tourists and investors, and it achieves the strategic objective for interconnection between the elements of infrastructure and residential complexes. The qualitative project, being currently implemented by the Department, links heritage buildings, starting from Ajman Museum, up to Saleh Market and the heritage buildings at Al Nakheel area, extending up to the seafront. The trail will be fully completed by the beginning of the next year, 2023, in a length of 1,025 km, which is only allocated for walking, in enhancement of sustainable tourism and in encouragement of playing sports.”
His Excellency continued: “The trail contains 3 areas, which would allow for a fusion between what is old and what is new, within a vibrant environment, containing kiosks and shops, in what would reflect a qualitative Emirati experience using natural sustainable solutions.”
From his side, Dr. Eng. Mohammed Ahmed bin Omair Al Muhairi, the Executive Director of the Department’s Infrastructure Development Sector, stated: “The Department is looking forward to develop the old area in Ajman and to preserve the existing original version in consistency with the urban plan of 2040. The project combines the ancient past with the present and development within the cultural area of Ajman, which utilized the streets of the Emirate and communal spaces for the synergic attainment of social cohesion and communication in favor of residents, visitors and tourists.”
Dr. Eng. Bin Omair continued: “The project, which is a fruit of cooperation and the exchange of expertise with the consultants, DMI and VERFORM, depends on linking nature-inspired spares with yards, the urban composure, open spaces, the seafront and historic places, along with providing the necessary flexibility for the accommodation of rapid urbanization needs.”
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