ICCROM-ATHAR’s Participation at Latest Events
18 Nov, 2016

AMAL Heritage Design and Testing Workshop: Manama, Bahrain

Anwar Sabik, Project Specialist at ICCROM-ATHAR, partook in the AMAL Heritage Design and Testing Workshop in Manama from October 22 to 25, 2016. Several organizations such as the Global Heritage Fund and Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage were involved. The event’s aim was twofold, first, to test the Beta prototype of AMAL’s mobile application for cultural heritage damage assessment, second, to gather feedback from relevant stakeholders. The workshop included an introduction to the AMAL Project and an on-site exercise, feedback segment, and a major design component. The participants carried out a damage assessment survey in the old town of Muharraq, to enhance the experience on what kind of information should be collected when using the application.

Sand In My Eyes, Sudanese Moments: Rome, Italy

On November 6 2016, on behalf of ICCROM’s Director General Dr. Stefano De Caro, Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-ATHAR, participated in the Sand In My Eyes, Sudanese Moments exhibition on October 25, 2016 in Rome at the MAXXI Museum. Also, present were Her Excellency the Ambassador of Sudan to Italy, the Director of MAXXI Museum, as well as the Italian and Sudanese committees and ICCROM staff. The exhibition, which demonstrated some of Sudan’s intangible heritage, took place from 19 October to 6 November. The photographer and writer Enikö Nagy, who crisscrossed a remote region of Sudan in search of local images and spoken words, sees herself as a chronicler of the unique beauty of Sudan’s rich cultural heritage. Nagy believes that the Sand In My Eyes, Sudanese Moments demonstrates “a collection of typical Sudanese moments, an intimate look at a beautiful country that has a lot to say.”

Archaeological and Urban Heritage in the Arab World Conference: Kuwait City, Kuwait

The 22nd edition of the Archaeological and Urban Heritage in the Arab World Conference took place in Kuwait City this year from November 8 to 10. Abdul-Hameed Al-Nassar, Associate Expert of Programs, represented ICCROM-ATHAR at the conference, attending the lectures by representatives from its member-states and other pertinent organizations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The three-day conference highlighted the numerous threats facing the Arab world’s archaeological and urban architectural cultural heritage in modern times, such as the ongoing civil war in Syria and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Recommendations from the host Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) will soon be released once all the invited parties approve them after consulting their home countries.

Cultural Tourism Middle East Conference: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

From November 14 to 15, the Cultural Tourism Middle East Conference took place in Dubai with the attendance of Dr. Aslan, Projects Specialist Abdullah Halawa, and Mr. Al-Nassar. The director was a keynote speaker and co-chaired the conference, facilitating an event that highlighted the growth and potential development for cultural tourism in the region. The conference brought together senior officials and experts from a variety of trades, including the tourism industry, antiquity authorities, heritage sector, and many others. The participants engaged in lectures, roundtables, and an exhibit that displayed latest innovations serving the tourism industry.