Abdallah Hamad Muhareb (1946-2017)

May 9, 2017

Abdallah Hamad MuharebDr Abdallah Hamad Muhareb, Director General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), passed away on Thurs 4 May.  He was 71 years old.

Of Kuwaiti nationality, Dr Muhareb received his doctorate at Cairo University in 1987.  After a distinguished career as a cultural diplomat in various settings including at the Embassy of Kuwait in Egypt, Dr Muhareb was elected to the post of ALECSO Director-General in 2012.  He began his mandate in 2013 and was extended for a second mandate into 2017.

Dr Muhareb was a good friend and partner to ICCROM, establishing solid work relations with two ICCROM Directors-General, Stefano De Caro and Mounir Bouchenaki.  During his mandate at ALECSO, Dr Muhareb strongly promoted ALECSO’s collaboration with ICCROM and its ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre on capacity building activities to strengthen capacities of official heritage institutions in the Arab region. Continue reading…


Oral History for Cultural Heritage Preservation

May 28, 2015

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Group picture of the participants of the Oral History course offered by ATHAR in SharjahUnder the Patronage of HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, and in collaboration with UCL-Qatar, a one-week introductory training course on Oral History for Cultural Heritage Preservation concluded at the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE. This course is part of a short course series titled “Informed Conservation”, aimed at professionals who are looking to expand their working knowledge and experience in the fields of cultural heritage conservation.

This one-week course aimed at building the capacity of conservation professionals in the Arab region in the field of oral history, in order to examine the role of oral history as evidence of cultural heritage. The course explored the “how” and “why” personal narratives of the past are constructed, and demonstrated how interviews are to be conducted and analyzed to help inform decisions for cultural heritage preservation. The fourteen participants that took part in the course include site managers, archaeologists, architects, museum specialists and collections curators. Continue reading…