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Restoration and critical reconstruction of Al-Nouri Mosque and its Al-Hadba Minaret

Project name :

Reviving the Spirit of Mosul by Rebuilding its monumental landmarks. The restoration and critical reconstruction of Al-Nouri Mosque and its Al-Hadba Minaret as a tool to foster social cohesion and community reconciliation

Budget :

more than 5M$

Project duration :


Location :

Mosul, Iraq
The primary goal of the project is to foster reconciliation and social cohesion in Mosul and its Old Town, through the restoration and reconstruction of Al-Nouri Mosque and its Al-Hadba Minaret as iconic landmarks, as well as a Memorial. The project includes skills development and job creation components to provide young men and women from Mosul with a source of livelihood through the heritage rehabilitation sector.

On 23 April 2018, the United Arab Emirates, UNESCO and Iraq signed a historic agreement whereby the Emirates will contribute US$50.4 million to the rebuilding of the cultural heritage of Mosul. 

The project concerns the restoration and reconstruction of the historic landmarks of Mosul, notably the emblematic Al-Nouri Mosque and its celebrated, leaning 45-metre Al-Hadba Minaret, built more than 840 years ago.

  • The first year will focus on documenting and clearing the site as well as drawing up plans for its reconstruction.
  • The following four years will focus on the restoration and historically faithful reconstruction of the Leaning Minaret, the Al-Nouri Mosque and adjacent buildings.
  • The city’s historic gardens and other open spaces and infrastructures are also part of the plan, which foresees the building of a memorial and site museum.