Revitalization of the Arab District, Erbil City, Iraq

Authors: Nvar Wshar Ali1 & Azad Ahmad Barzanchi2
1Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
2Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq

Abstract: This study attempts to analyze the Arab district and its surroundings to point out severe urban issues and concludes a proposal to revitalize the historic district by providing green areas, entertainment activities and using it to connect Erbil citadel and Al-Muzafariyah Minaret by a livable pedestrian route staring and coming down the citadel, going through the alleyways of the Arab district, and crossing over to Minaret. Creating this axis is an attempt to revitalize the observing crescent moon event and advent Eids on Ramadan nights. In this way, people could relive the traditional experience as they walk down the citadel to the Minaret through the Arab district’s historical alleyways. This attempt will make the district an attraction spot in Erbil, positively affecting cultural tourism. It provides livability and economic growth for Erbil because revitalizing the Arab district leads to the direct revival of the Erbil citadel and Al- Muzafariyah Minaret. The area physically, economically, and socially will be revitalized.

Keywords: The Arab district, Erbil citadel, Al-Muzafariyah Minaret, Revitalization, Historic District, Rehabilitation

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Doi: 10.23918/eajse.v7i2p49

Published: December 22, 2021


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