Completion of Ad-Dour Archaeological Site’s Restoration Project
20 May 2016

In coordination with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities, a team of ICCROM’s international experts, along with local experts working with the Department of Antiquities in Umm Al-Quwain, completed the execution of the restoration and conservation of Ad-Dour Archaeological site located in Umm Al-Quwain, UAE. Finalised by end of April 2016, this project restored the temple and the surrounding altars to the condition in which they were discovered during the 1980s. The restoration work was based on full historic documentation, as well as on field and scientific tests, meanwhile complying with international conservation standards.

The project primarily resulted in consolidating the temple and the altars, and preventing the loss of their features, as well as training a national team on performing detailed conservation works with the aim of preparing them to undertake future maintenance for the temple. This project gained prominent attention from scientific and media sectors.

In this context, Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-ATHAR, explained that this project is rich with expertise and experience, applying a sound scientific methodology initiated by historic studies, lab and field experiments, as well as detailed documentation works. Based on this first phase, the restoration work was implemented using traditional materials and compatible supporting modern materials in compliance with international conservation conventions.

Ms. Alya Al-Ghafli, Director of the Department of Antiquities and Heritage of Umm Al-Quwain, added: “The successful conservation and restoration of the temple will be taken forward and maintained by focusing our efforts on protecting the site from deterioration factors such as wind and sand, in addition to restoring the surrounding fence. Moreover, periodic maintenance methods will be adopted for the prevention of any further deterioration of site”.

Restoration team:

  • Dr. Zaki Aslan, Anwar Sabik – ICCROM-ATHAR: overlooking project management, implementing 3D scanning, addressing logistic matters, and managing intervention processes in accordance with international conservation methodologies.
  • Simon Warrack (Conservator), Jostina Hrabaska (Consevator Assistant), Adel Turki (Material Scientist) – ICCROM experts: executing conservation and restoration works, supervising local conservators and professionals by providing expertise relevant to restoration materials, implementation approaches/methods, material experiments and application of photographic documentation.
  • Ms. Alya Al-Ghafli, Director of the Department of Antiquities of Umm Al-Quwain: overlooking project execution, facilitating logistics, providing local man power and expertise.
  • Ranya Qannouma and Meqdad Abu Al-Jureid (Conservators from the Department of Antiquities): contributing to the restoration works at the site.
  • Professional labourers from the Department of Antiquities, who were trained to prepare and apply traditional materials, as well as implement conservation and maintenance works.