Digital Heritage: Preservation of Architectural Heritage in the United Arab Emirates: Dubai as a Case Study.


  • Asma Alshaibah



Preservation of cultural heritage is among the primary concerns of contemporary societies and governments. Its significance has both economic and cultural roots.


The purpose of this article is to shed light on digital heritage and its technologies, evaluate its opportunities for governmental and educational purposes, and analyze its current projects in order to contribute to the understanding and development of digital heritage as well as new frameworks and perspectives in the preservation of traditional heritage.


The study is based on the desk review of existing literature on cultural and architectural heritage and its preservation in digital format and the importance of digital heritage in preserving Architectural Heritage in general and in the UAE, focusing on Dubai.


This paper used the restoration of Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum's house as a model of traditional house restoration. It illustrates how Dubai utilized digital technology to restore its traditional architecture in its historical residential area, including restoring old houses in the Al Bastakiyyah and Al Shindaghah neighborhoods.