Initiative to restore Al-Amri theater in Old Sana’a begins
The general manager of the Da’aem Initiative, Saleem Al-Sadani, said, “The purpose of this initiative is to preserve landmarks and make the city clean so it appeals to visitors.”
He said that Da’aem Initiative, in cooperation with the Youth Development Foundation and the U.S.-funded Responsive Governance Project, led the campaign, which involved more than 30 female and male youths.
Al-Sadani said activities are directed at rehabilitating the Al-Amri theater and painting its walls.
The entrance to the theater will be filled with trees, and garbage bins will be provided to keep the place clean, he said. The initiative also strove to develop awareness about the importance of preserving landmarks.
Ibraheem Al-Nadhari, a Da’aem Initiative organizer, said the significance of protecting the landmarks as a tourist attraction to all, saying preservation indicates the social awareness of the importance of historic landmarks.
Al-Amri Garden is one of the most distinctive parks in Old Sana’a, and many ceremonies are held there. However, last year’s fighting in Al-Hasaba between security forces and Sheikh Al-Ahmar’s tribesmen had a negative impact on the park. Al-Ahmar tribesmen attempted to enter Old Sana’a, leaving bullet holes in the park’s walls.
The project’s closing ceremony included a question and answer session focusing on the history of Old Sana’a. Organizers rewarded neighborhood volunteers for their participation.