Cultural Heritage and Urbanization

Development of significant and sensitive sites and areas while considering their special considerations is one of the main concerns of planning nowadays; this created the need for a unique Urban Infrastructure to achieve an integrated development.

We have successfully accomplished an excellent portfolio of such unique projects with our services that include Conservative/Oriented Development, Cultural and Cultural Heritage Site Services and Capacity Building/Governance and Institutional Strengthening





    Assignment Name: Petra Archaeological Park Buffer Zone Plan

    Location within country: Petra, Jordan

    Name of Client: Petra Development Tourism Regional Authority (pdtra)

    Date:2012 - 2013



    Narrative Description of Project:


    “Buffer Zone” is an operational and technical term used in urban planning as it refers usually to transitional areas or buffers between two different land use zones. The main purpose of such buffer is to insure the preservation and protection of the more sensitive and special zone in relation with the other less sensitive zone.


    Petra Archaeological Park (PAP) is a site of outstanding universal value and considerable archaeological, anthropological and scientific knowledge still to be discovered. Given its tremendous historic, cultural and aesthetic values, it was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1985. PAP is the best-known and most-visited attraction in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This is critical in consideration that tourism is a key driver of Jordan‘s economy, being currently it is the single largest employer and the highest generator of foreign exchange.


    Description of Actual Services Provided by Your Staff:


    Field surveys, data review and assessment, urban planning, soft studies, engineering planning and design.







    Assignment Name: Feasibility Study, Investment Program & Detailed Design - Tafileh

    Country: Jordan

    Location within country: Tafileh

    Professional Staff Provided by your Firm/Entity(profiles):Planner, Engineers, Architect

    Name of Client: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities




    Narrative Description of Project:


    This study encompasses two projects targeting Tafileh governorate to support local economic development and growth through tourism, these two projects are part of the Tafilah Development Strategy and the list of potential projects listed in the strategy under the cultural heritage and tourism sector, which were identified following extensive consultations with key stakeholders.


    Task-1: Preparation of Investment Package for the Tourist and Therapeutic Resort in Afra, which include:

    Feasibility Plan including full financial study, financial models, financial analysis market research, marketing, financial, and operational information, employment plan (, demand, pricing, branding, cost-benefit analysis, Business Models and Management plans, Financial Model reflecting the three proposed Business Models and Management plans, Stakeholder Analysis, Business Plan, Socio-economic analysis and Schematic Design for the resort.


    Task-2: Preparation of Site Improvement Plan for Al Sela' Village

    The Site Improvement Plan included two main components: physical Improvements and Facility Management Plan.


    Description of Actual Services Provided by Your Staff:


    Feasibility Study and Detailed Design





    Assignment Name:  Consultancy services to provide technical assistance to new and existing ULGDP Cities in Amhara & Tigrai Regional States


    Country: Ethiopia

    Location within Country:  Amhara, Tigray

    Cost: N/A

    Start Date:2013 – 2014



    Narrative Description of Project:


    The Urban Local Government Development Project (ULGDP) is a World Bank – Government of Ethiopia partnership which provides 44 project cities with an annual grant funding for infrastructure and services, based on their performance in key areas related to urban management.

    This project was conducted under the Urban Local Governance Development Program II (ULGDP II) funded by the World Bank and following the World Bank P for R instrument for delivery of IDA Performance Grant funds with (DLIs).

    The overall goal of the project is to provide the necessary technical assistance and capacity buildings for the three levels (Federal, Regional and Local Municipal) in order to achieve better Local Urban Governance and enhance the institutional performance of participating urban local governments in developing and sustaining urban infrastructure and services.


    Situational and Institutional Analysis was conducted prior to Technical assistance, which was provided in key areas related to urban governance and management including Municipal Service Management and Standardization, Municipal Finance, Planning and Budgeting (CIP, REP, Budgeting), Assets Management, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems, Own Resource Revenue Enhancement, Environment and social Safeguards, Land Management and Urban Planning, Infrastructure Investment Performance in addition to review and updating of 8 Municipal Service Delivery manuals.

    Description of Actual Services Provided by Your Staff:

    Technical Assistance, Training and Institutional Support.




    Assignment Name: Integrated Risk Assessment for the Petra Development and Tourism Region

    Country: Location within Country:  Petra Region, Jordan

    Name of Client: UNDP Jordan

    Date: 2012

    Cost: N.A



    Narrative Description of Project:


    The objective of the study is to conduct earthquakes, flash floods, mass wasting (landslides and rock fall) assessment aiming to evaluate the related potential hazard within the premises of Petra Region. Accordingly, this will enables the evaluation of the geographical distribution of potential human and material losses due to proposed scenarios (focusing on Worst Case Scenario).


    The project includes investigating and mapping various seismic hazard parameters, such as peak ground acceleration and spectral acceleration. Subsequently, these maps will form the basic inputs required to asses expected life and building losses (I.e. risks). Also, a flood analysis model needs to be developed and calibrated for the Petra Region catchment. Using such model, flood flows and volumes needs to be estimated for storm events of various return periods.


    Description of Actual Services Provided by Your Staff:


    Engineering Studies





    Assignment Name:Street Rehabilitation & Landscaping for 3 Historic Cities

    Location within country: Jerash, Karak, Madaba, Jordan

    Name of Client: Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA)

    Start Date:2006

    Completion Date:2007

    Narrative Description of Project:


    The main Specific Project Objective of the Project is to improve local economic growth, social cohesion, and municipal governance in the historic cities of Jerash, Karak and Madaba, by endowing these historic cities with revitalized and well functioning urban centres. This aim has a good chance of being achieved due to the high tourist potential of the three areas, whose development is a major precondition for the general development of the three urban areas.


    The compatibility of urban development with cultural heritage conservation and appropriate use has to be the main concern of planners and has to lead all plans, programmes and projects, including urban infrastructures. The three cities in question, Jerash, Karak, and Madaba have in common a number of features. One of the key problems affecting all the medium-sized cities in Jordan is the decay of the urban environment. In fact, urban space is threatened by physical decay, traffic and parking congestion, lack of appropriate management and visual clutter.

    Description of Actual Services Provided by Your Staff:


     • Assistance in Physical Planning.

     • Street and parking rehabilitation and furnishing

     • Traffic Studies

     • Footpaths pavement and stairs rehabilitation and furnishing.

     • Street lighting,

     • Electrical power supply,

     • Telecommunication works.

     • Water, Wastewater and drainage networks rehabilitation,

     • Vertical and horizontal traffic signalization.

     • Landscaping.