ATHAR: Conservation in the Arab Region

ATHAR is a regional conservation centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates established in 2012 by ICCROM and the Government of Sharjah. ATHAR focuses on architectural and archaeological tangible heritage in the region. This includes heritage collections, rich and varied historic places, sites and monuments.

ATHAR aspires to protect cultural heritage and to broaden access, appreciation and understanding of its history. It primarily aims to enhance the capacity of official heritage institutions to manage sites and museum collections on a sustainable basis. This is achieved through a series of local and regional educational and field activities including:

Capacity building and training

ATHAR professional courses strive to enhance conservation practice and the recognition/accreditation of student accomplishments through affiliation with university programmes.


ATHAR provides support, coordination, facilitation and provision of technical advice when requested by the Arab States.

Dissemination of information

The results of the centre’s activities including research, experiences, publications from seminars, teaching kits and training manuals for professionals, and teaching kits for teachers of the young are openly shared.

Symposia, workshops and seminars

Explorations of current themes important in and for the region are encouraged through bringing together the best conservation thinkers.

For more information visit the ATHAR official website.

ATHAR course participants distributed to spell out

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