ATHAR is a long-term programme with a focus on cultural heritage sites in the Arab region. The overall goal of the programme is to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage in the Arab region and broaden access, appreciation, and understanding of its past. In pursuit of this goal, ATHAR aims to enhance the work of official heritage institutions to improve the state of conservation and presentation of heritage places on a sustainable basis. The programme is carried out in collaboration with official and training institutions (including universities) in all Member States in the region. The programme addresses three core areas: applied knowledge in heritage planning and management, including heritage information management and cultural tourism; higher education and professional development, with particular emphasis on conservation methods and techniques; and public support and outreach.
Since 2008, ATHAR has enjoyed the patronage and support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, and Ruler of Sharjah.
11 March, 2012