Bethlehem 3D: A “Smart City”

The Bethlehem Franciscan Boys Home inaugurates its new facilities
February 23, 2022
The Municipality of Bethlehem, thanks to the twinning with the Italian city of Pavia and the funding of the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development, has concluded the project "Three-dimensional Bethlehem".
Eng ZIAD AL-SAYEH Director of the planning and project service of the municipality of Bethlehem "The old part of Bethlehem was elected a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, thanks to the path that leads from Star Street to the Church of the Nativity. In order to continue to have this "title" we are required to document in detail everything that falls within this route".
A project that aims to help preserve the cultural heritage of the historic center of Bethlehem, thus protecting it from any change. It will also facilitate all those who wish to know the beauty of this route.
Eng ZIAD AL-SAYEH Director of the planning and project service of the municipality of Bethlehem "With the project "Bethlehem - smart city" we will have, for example, three electric cars that will allow the elderly or people with special needs to visit Najma Street, because not everyone can walk there".
Ziad Al-Sayeh also pointed out that the historic center of the old city of Bethlehem does not allow for road widening, construction of bridges or tunnels. Infrastructure that, if present, would help reduce traffic.
Eng ZIAD AL-SAYEH Director of the planning and project service of the municipality of Bethlehem "Simply by opening your computer from your office, wherever you are, you can take a tour through the streets of Old Town. In 2015, we partnered with the Cultural Heritage Center to enter data and information about all the buildings. We will link this project with the program "Three-Dimensional Bethlehem" so that anyone can view the building in 3D and get information about its history with just a click".
A collaboration with the Italian municipality of Pavia that will continue thanks to a new project, which will take three years, entitled "Bethlehem - smart city". It will be a completion of this 3D project and will help, through an app, tourists and pilgrims to walk around the historic center and identify landmarks and homes..
Eng ZIAD AL-SAYEH Director of the planning and project service of the municipality of Bethlehem "We plan to purchase electric bikes. The municipality will be equipped with 15 electric mini-bikes with several charging points to encourage people to use them in the old city. The main goal is to alleviate traffic congestion in the city of Bethlehem".
"Three-dimensional Bethlehem" is a pilot project in Palestine, but it's a way to prepare for the many pilgrims who will return to the city thanks to the easing of restrictions to fight the Pandemic.
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