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Old March 16th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #201
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Arabian magic for Muscat Street in S'pore

16 Mar 09

MUSCAT (OMAN) - : Arabian nights will come to life in Singapore's Muscat Street - with Oman helping to create the magic.
Recent plans by the two countries to rejuvenate the architecture of Muscat Street along traditional Omani lines received a boost yesterday with the inking of a Memorandum of Intent to develop the street.

The idea is to bring a little of the real Muscat - the Omani capital - to the historic road behind the Sultan Mosque in the Arab Street area.

A flavour of Oman will be evident in the architecture and the lighting, for instance, and also in the street life.

Re-enacting the story of Sinbad the sailor and his legendary voyages is one possibility. The birthplace of Sinbad is the small fishing port of Sohar in Oman.

Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rasheed told reporters: 'More than infrastructure, we also hope to bring in cultural groups.

'We will bring Muscat Street to life.'

The memorandum was signed by him and Oman's secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sayyid Bedr Al-Busaidi.

Oman has a long civilisation and rich culture. Singapore and the sultanate are mindful of the wealth of cultural links that may be formed, partly because the Republic has a long-time connection to the region through Singaporeans of Arab descent.

On another front, a Memorandum of Understanding on education was inked by both countries.

This is a broad agreement to intensify cooperation on education through exchanges of information and experiences. Training programmes and visits are also covered by the pact.

On behalf of the Education Ministry, the memorandum was signed by Dr Lee Boon Yang, the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.

These signings were witnessed by President SR Nathan, who last Thursday embarked on a fortnight of state visits to Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.


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Old March 16th, 2009, 10:18 AM   #202
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This is like deja vu, was it the same agreement last year ?
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Old March 16th, 2009, 10:23 AM   #203
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There was? I didnt come across any news on this, which specifically refers to Muscat Street. The article is quite specific on the ideas that they have...
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Old March 16th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #204
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Yeah, this is like a cut and paste article as I remembered about the lighting and Sinbad.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 03:59 PM   #205
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I'm asking about this hotel which is near the Sultan Mosque.

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An update from today. Not quite open yet.





And how it used to look:

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Old April 11th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #206
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Another look at the new Hotel 81 along Jalan Sultan:



Along the same row, these shophouses have been sold and await restoration:

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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #207
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Haha, the picture with Marilyn is so cool ^ ^
Good to see this district coming back to life, though.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 09:51 AM   #208
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LOL...here is a 'similar' angle, taken along the stretch of textile shops:





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Old April 12th, 2009, 09:52 AM   #209
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More streetscape



Some pretty shophouses





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Old April 12th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #210
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RafflesCity,

Nice photos and thanks for the update bro.

Nothing much is really happening with that hotel except that the wooden windows are staining the white walls.

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Old April 13th, 2009, 03:29 PM   #211
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No worries, I see that in your collection you have captured every single detail of the restoration efforts. Very rare and inspiring

It'll be weird if they left the building completely white, maybe one good thing about the staining is it helps to give a more 'aged' look It's also nice to see that they have retained what must have been the original shop engravings on the facade:

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However this may not be the final colour...
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Old April 14th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #212
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Yeah, it might not be white in the final colour.

There's no information about when the project will end.

Many thanks for the kind comments.
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I wonder would it had been better had the area been allowed to develop naturally (but conserved).
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How can you "develop naturally" but keep it "conserved". It's an oxymoron.

The "natural" succession of events, would have seen developers flattening them for better use of the land. Once you have some place of 'control', it's no longer organic in its development.
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What I mean is, conserve all the buildings, BUT do not use land acquisition to acquire properties and re-sell them like what they did in Chinatown and parts of Kg Glam.

This would only destroy the original charm of the area.

A good way I think would be the option of people wanting to sell their properties (as opposed to being forcefully acquired), to sell to the URA and URA would initiate the redevelopment and zoning, etc for these properties.

Development in this context doesn't necessary have to be redevelopment, physical rebuild, but an organic, natural change of use. At least this would be more subtle.

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Old April 18th, 2009, 09:53 AM   #216
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Arab immigrants have in Singapore?
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I believe there is quite a decent Arabian expat community here, but Arab Street is mostly to preserve the heritage of colonial times and mixture of Malay and Arab traders.

I'm sure the descendants of Arabs are still living here, although majority of people here were mixed with other races generations before.
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The toy store has repainted it's building.

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It's going to be the second Hari Raya and the hotel is still not ready.

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No worries, I see that in your collection you have captured every single detail of the restoration efforts. Very rare and inspiring

It'll be weird if they left the building completely white, maybe one good thing about the staining is it helps to give a more 'aged' look It's also nice to see that they have retained what must have been the original shop engravings on the facade:

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However this may not be the final colour...
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I like the new shophouse colour! (although it is a bit garish)

Has that bungalow-hotel at Jalan Kubor been completed?
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Second Hari Raya and the hotel is still not yet finished.

However, the new hotel behind it is already completed.

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Has that bungalow-hotel at Jalan Kubor been completed?
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