Sheikh Hamdan announces major revamp of Dubai's oldest building, Al Fahidi Fort

Crown Prince of Dubai reveals renovation plans for historic heart of the city

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Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai is set for a major renovation.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Wednesday announced the plans for the historic heart of old Dubai.

Sheikh Hamdan said the building was a historical witness to the emirate's transformation and it was vital to preserve it for future generations

Sheikh Hamdan also said it was important to carry on the work started by Sheikh Rashid, who ruled Dubai from 1958 to 1990.

He also posted a photograph showing himself standing in the same spot as Sheikh Rashid did many years earlier.

"Preserving the heritage ... of the emirate is an integral part of our work," Sheikh Hamdan. said. "Our heritage represents our values that we cherish and preserve."

Sheikh Hamdan said the fort will continue in its role as a pillar of the cultural scene.

Further details were not immediately available and it was not revealed when the works would start.

Al Fahidi Fort was built in the late 18th century, just a stone's throw from the Creek.

It is home to Dubai Museum, but has had many roles in its 200-year history, including a royal residence, prison and weapons depot.

Sheikh Rashid was known as the Father of Dubai, and under his leadership Dubai transformed from a small settlement around the Creek to a global city.