Abu Dhabi: In a significant step towards preserving the cultural and historical essence of the emirate, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has honoured a selection of modern heritage sites across Abu Dhabi with honorary plaques.
This initiative, part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the emirate’s urban heritage, was announced in 2023 and aims to highlight the cultural and historical significance of these landmarks.
Modern heritage sites
The first set of modern heritage sites, now under immediate and unconditional protection, was officially registered by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.
The unveiling of the Modern Heritage Building Plaque programme marks a pivotal moment in acknowledging the importance of these sites to the community and the responsibility shared in ensuring their preservation for future generations.
60Number of modern heritage sites identified across Abu Dhabi for conservation
The initiative is a key element of DCT Abu Dhabi’s Modern Heritage Conservation Initiative, which has identified over 60 modern heritage sites across the emirate for conservation.
The recognition ceremony, hosted at the iconic Cultural Foundation, was graced by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak and Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, along with dignitaries from various government departments and owners of both private and public modern heritage sites.
“The buildings we have recognised today form an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s cultural tapestry and urban identity,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak.
“Their preservation is a collective responsibility that we bear, ensuring that the story of Abu Dhabi’s evolution is told to future generations.”
Adding to this, Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani highlighted: “Our Modern Heritage Conservation Initiative is a commitment to protect and celebrate Abu Dhabi’s unique and historically significant urban landmarks.
“The plaque programme will not only drive community engagement and education but will also contribute to Abu Dhabi’s stature as a cultural hub. Each plaque is a reminder to appreciate the distinctive elements that define our city.”
Among the first to be adorned with the commemorative plaque is the Cultural Foundation, a landmark registered in Abu Dhabi’s Public Register for its cultural significance.
The plaques will adorn various types of structures, including hospitals, theaters, schools, mosques, parks, hotels, markets, and commercial buildings, acknowledging their role in the emirate’s cultural heritage.
Following the ceremony, DCT Abu Dhabi remains committed to ongoing efforts in surveying Abu Dhabi’s built environment to identify additional modern heritage sites for formal registration and conservation, thereby preserving the rich cultural legacy of the emirate.
• Al Manhal Palace
• Zayed bin Sultan The Second Mosque
• The National Theatre
• Former Al Jazeera Hospital
• Sheikh Zayed Sports City
• Islamic Institute Complex (Former UAEU)
• Niqa Bin Ateej Water Tank and Park
• Radisson Blu Al Ain (Hilton Al Ain)
• Al Jahili Eid Prayer Grounds
• Al Khalidiyah Park
• Al Ain Old Central Market
• Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tower
• Al Bateen Mall
• Intercontinental Hotel - Abu Dhabi
• Radisson Blu - Abu Dhabi (Hilton Abu Dhabi)
• Hili Old Market (Shaabi Market)
• Zayed Al Awwal Secondary School – Oud Al Hassa
• Former ADNOC Headquarters
• Al Maqta Conservation Area
• Former Vehicles & Drivers Licensing Directorate
• Bida’ Zayed Central Souq
• Arab Monetary Fund Building
• Etisalat Headquarter – Abu Dhabi
• Federal National Council
• Saeed Al Kalili (Al Ibrahimi Building)
• Heirs of Salem Khadem Al Qubaisi Building
• HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Tower (Blue Tower – Union National Bank)
• Hamed Center
• Hamdan Centre
• Obaid Al Mazrouai
• Butti Al Otaiba Building
• Harib Tower
• Sheraton Hotel
• Le Méridien Hotel
• Al Ghaf Tree Park
• Airport Road Park
• Armed Forces Officers Club & Conference Centre
• Al Omeirah Building (Adidas)
• Al Hobbara Water Tank (SBY Island)
• Bida’ Zayed Pool
• Liwa Rest House
• Remah Rest House complex
• Salman Khalifa Al Mazroei
• Otaiba Building
• Mesaied Khalid Al Mansoori
• The Central Bank of the UAE
• Al Ain Vegetable & Fish Market (Shibrat Al Ain)
• City Terminal (Abu Dhabi International Airport)
• Abu Dhabi City Municipality Building
• Department of Economic Development
• Department of Finance
• Abu Dhabi Media Company
• Abu Dhabi Oil Co. – Japan (ADOC)
• Al Manhal Family Medicine Clinic
• Khalifa Al Suweidi Building
• Elenco Building
• Former Al Dhafra Region Municipality Building
• Madinat Zayed Vegetable, Meat & Fish Market – Abu Dhabi
• Abu Yalee Mosque
• Al Ain Old Gold Souk