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It is a challenging time for cultural heritage in parts of the Middle East and North Africa that have seen large-scale devastation, including the desecration and destruction of temples, shrines, cities and monuments.

Now more than ever, ICCROM’s work on cultural heritage protection and preservation in conflict areas is needed. Since it opened its doors in 2012, ICCROM’s Regional Office in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR Centre), United Arab Emirates, has proven vital to fulfilling the organization’s mandate in the Arab Region by being closer to stakeholders and by leveraging regional collaboration mechanisms and community engagement in a region of many risks but also considerable opportunities. The branch office in the UAE has become an important force for cultural heritage advocacy, providing substantive logistical and operational support to ICCROM’s work in the region.

In partnership with Arab Member States, ICCROM-ATHAR aspires to protect the cultural heritage of the Arab region and to broaden access, appreciation and understanding of its history. The Centre focuses on architectural and archaeological tangible heritage, including heritage collections and historic places, sites and monuments. It primarily aims to enhance the capacity of official heritage institutions to manage heritage sites and museum collections on a sustainable basis. It does this through an array of regional educational and field activities, capacity building and training, consultation, information dissemination, symposia, workshops and seminars.

ICCROM-ATHAR’s mission is generously supported by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, as well as Member States and other partners.

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2021-2022 ICCROM-Sharjah Award winners

2021-2022 ICCROM-Sharjah Award winners

On 2 June 2022, the Regional Office for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab States (ICCROM-Sharjah) announced the winning projects of the 3rd ICCROM-Sharjah Award for Good Practices in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab Region, and the 2nd Arab Cultural Heritage Award for the Young. The announcement was made during a high-profile ceremony at the House of Wisdom...

PATH - Peacebuilding Assessment Tool for Heritage Recovery and Rehabilitation now available in Arabic!

PATH - Peacebuilding Assessment Tool for Heritage Recovery and Rehabilitation now available in Arabic!

What role does heritage play in increasing tensions during an ongoing conflict? How do we ensure that protection and recovery of heritage in conflict settings can contribute to lasting peace? PATH, the peacebuilding assessment tool developed by ICCROM’s FAR programme helps heritage as well as peace, humanitarian aid and development organizations to assess, design and reorient heritage...

Experts program continues

Experts Program continues training specialized cadres in international cultural organizations

Within the framework of the cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MOC) and ICCROM, we are conducting a comprehensive training on International Cultural Heritage Conventions and other cultural programmes, called the “Experts Program.”

ICCROM-Sharjah announces the winning projects of the 3rd cycle of ICCROM Sharjah Award for Good Practices 2021-2022

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Regional Office for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab States (ICCROM - Sharjah) is organizing a special ceremony to announce the winning projects of the third cycle of the ICCROM-Sharjah Award for Good Practices in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab Region (2021-2022), and the second cycle of the Arab Cultural Heritage Award for the Young. The event will be organized over two days during the period from 1 to 2 June 2022 in the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Biennial ICCROM-Sharjah Awards to be Presented on 2 June

Biennial ICCROM-Sharjah Awards to be Presented on 2 June

Under the patronage of His Highness, ICCROM-Sharjah will hold a two-day event, from 1-2 June, to declare and celebrate the Award winners. The first day will be a final review of the shortlisted projects. The winners will be announced the following morning – at 9.00 on 2 June – at the House of Wisdom in Sharjah.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation), CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan (1948 - 2022)

It is with a heavy heart that we commemorate the passing of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who died on 13 May 2022. Sheikh Khalifa became Abu Dhabi’s leader in 2004 – succeeding his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, who is considered the country’s founder – and served as president until the end of his life. We offer our condolences to the UAE...

Dr Abdulameer al-Hamdani (1967 – 2022) and Prof Amir Pašić (1953 – 2022)

Dr Abdulameer al-Hamdani (1967 – 2022) and Prof Amir Pašić (1953 – 2022)

With the most profound sorrow, we received the untimely news of the passing away of a good collaborators with ICCROM: the Iraqi archaeologist, Dr Abdulameer al-Hamdani and Prof Amir Pašić. Both scholars were dedicated researchers, men of action, fearless of challenges, and wise teachers in our field.

Visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to UAE

Visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to UAE

On 21 March, the ICCROM Regional Office in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, received a delegation from the Republic of Korea. Led by H.E. Seokgu Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Arab Emirates, they met with the Director of the ICCROM Regional Office, Zaki Aslan and staff to discuss future possible collaborations in the field of cultural heritage.

ICCROM-Sharjah Award for Good Practices announces the shortlisted projects for the 2021-2022 Cycle

ICCROM-Sharjah Award for Good Practices announces the shortlisted projects for the 2021-2022 Cycle

Under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM-Sharjah announced the shortlisted projects nominated for the third cycle of its biannual “Award for Good Practices in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab Region” (2021-2022).

Jury for ICCROM-Sharjah Award announced

Jury for ICCROM-Sharjah Award announced

Under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM-Sharjah has announced the jury for the third cycle of the Award for Good Practices in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab Region (2021-2022).