On 7 November, 2016, the Assistant Director General for Culture of UNESCO Mr. Francesco Bandarin visited the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE, and met with its Director Dr. Zaki Aslan and fellow members from the team. The visit took place together with officials from Sharjah, including Ms. Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, and Mr. Youisf Al-Muatawa, Director of the Heart of Sharjah site from the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (SHUROOQ), who accompanied at visits to several museums and sites throughout the Emirate of Sharjah.
Earlier on 2 November, 2016, the Director General of ICCROM Dr. Stefano De Caro, met with the Assistant Director General of UNESCO for Social and Human Sciences, Ms. Nada Al-Nashef, together with His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Al-Raysee, Ambassador of the UAE to UNESCO, in the occasion of the Sharjah International Book Fair.
A meeting organized by the National Commission for UNESCO was held together with the Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida, and other UAE Officials. Also present were ICCROM-ATHAR Director Dr. Zaki Aslan, and Ms. Amal Al-Koos, the Head of the UAE National Commission.