Salameh is heading the “Adh Dhariyeh” project, in the south of Hebron, where he began with single-building restoration and has progressed to a community centre and two schools...“Dhariyeh is one of 50 historical sites whose renovation Riwaq has undertaken and which constitute 50 per cent of the architectural heritage of Palestine.” Salameh says. “There are almost 900 old buildings and the project is funded by the Arab Fund in Kuwait. — Gulf News-Weekend Review
Rafique Gangat writes about Riwaq, a Palestinian non-profit organisation established in 1991 in Ramallah, by a group of architects, many trained in the West. Riwaq aims to safeguard Palestinian heritage through a number of projects including; the establishment of a National Register of Historic Buildings, various publications, an on-line exhibition of Palestinian tiles and their 50 Villages Project. Following the completion in 2007 of a comprehensive architectural survey of Palestine, Riwaq decided to focus their efforts towards the restoration and rehabilitation of 50 villages, which contain 50% of all historic buildings, in rural areas of the West Bank and Gaza.