MADINAH: Yusuf Mohammed
Published — Thursday 1 August 2013
Last update 1 August 2013 6:27 am
The Secretariat of Madinah launched the Madinah Heritage Neighborhood Project on Tuesday with the aim of preserving and showcasing the architecture and unique identity of the holy city.
The project, located at the King Fahd Central Garden, was launched on the directive of Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman. The function, which was attended by officials and businessmen, was held in the presence of the governor.
In his address, Khaled bin Abdul Qadir Taher, secretary of Madinah, said the objective of the project was to capture the traditional sociocultural identity of the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) through the development of a neighborhood model that simulates what it was like in Madinah more than half a century ago.
The project also includes creating a three-dimensional simulation model for select urban fabric prototypes of the city.
King Fahd Central Garden was selected as the project site since it spans an area of more than 120,000 square meters and has enough space for expansion, he said, adding that the project was based on several aspects, including the basic routes (Al-Ainia Street), open spaces, different narrow lanes, orchards, gardens, ponds, waterways (including canals), wells and water pumps.
Taher said the project would form the nucleus of an integrated heritage system spread across various locations in Madinah with a variety of functions, which was planned and implemented through a strategic partnership between the Secretariat of Madinah and the private sector.