International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Petra - Jordan

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.

Climate.Culture.Peace Youth Forum and Workshops – register now

We are excited to announce that registrations are open for the Climate.Culture.Peace Youth Forum – Voices of Now and the Future, as well as five interactive workshops being held later this month. Places are limited, so don’t miss out!

Arab Cultural Heritage Award for the Young

ICCROM-Sharjah and the National Commissions for UNESCO in the Arab Region are launching a regional competition on heritage and sustainable development for school students. 'Our heritage brings us together' aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in the Arab region.

Alliance for Cultural First Aid, Peace and Resilience

Twenty-three months of blended learning, 20 participants and four mentors. Alliance for Cultural First Aid, Peace and Resilience is a cascading capacity development project of ICCROM conceived with the support of ALIPH foundation, and held in partnership with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF) and Zurich based Centre for Security Studies (CSS).

ICCROM-Sharjah Award 2022

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, ICCROM’s Regional Office in Sharjah (ICCROM-Sharjah) invites applications for the ICCROM-Sharjah Award for good practices in cultural heritage conservation and management in the Arab Region in 2021.

Young architects and engineers to boost heritage recovery in Mosul

The first tranche of training under ICCROM’S capacity building programme in Mosul gets underway this November, when 25 young Moslawi professionals from the fields of architecture and engineering take part in a two-week orientation module.

Heritage Recovery in Mosul

ICCROM is kickstarting its Heritage Recovery Programme in Mosul, a two-year capacity building programme organized in collaboration with UNESCO and the University of Mosul and with the financial support of the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the European Union.

A Message to our Member States currently affected by wildfires

ICCROM is deeply saddened by the loss of lives and extensive damage, including to heritage both natural and cultural, resulting from the catastrophic wildfires currently raging in many parts of the world.

ICCROM ready for action after meeting of G20 Culture Ministers

The G20 Culture summit was held on 29-30 July in Rome, hosted in the evocative settings of the Colosseum and Palazzo Barberini under the Italian G20 presidency. The two-day event led to the adoption of the Rome Declaration of the G20 Culture Ministers, calling for culture to be integrated more into national economies as an opportunity for sustainable growth and international cooperation.

ICCROM kicks off capacity building programme for recovering urban heritage in Mosul

On 26 July 2021, ICCROM organized an online information meeting to mark the start of training being delivered within the framework of the Capacity Building for Holistic, Sustainable and Resilient Heritage Recovery of Mosul project, in partnership with UNESCO and with generous financial support by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the European Union (EU).

Bridging Europe and Africa: youth in focus at Lampedusa

Director-General Webber Ndoro visited the Italian island of Lampedusa last month for a day-long conference exploring opportunities for strengthening ties between Europe and Africa, organized by the University of Teramo, the Municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa, the Municipality of Teramo, the Archdiocese of Agrigento and the Diocese of Teramo-Atri, in collaboration with Snapshots from the Borders.