The ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, in coordination with the Architectural Heritage Department and Antiquities of Dubai Municipality, will organise a two-day symposium on “Gulf Cities in the Post-oil era” from May 10-11, 2017. The first day’s sessions will be hosted by ICCROM-ATHAR’s centre in University City, while the second day will take place at the Dubai Municipality.
This symposium aims to analyse the process of transformation that occurred in the historic cities of the Gulf, looking at how it influenced the historic centres and reshaped their urban landscape. The participants of the Symposium will be representatives from the Gulf cities who have experience working in cultural, social and political contexts related to regional heritage. Speakers will present individually different cases from their cities, emphasising the importance of their urban development in relation to oil discovery, as well as comparing some Gulf port cities in relation to each other. Experts will also discuss the future of Gulf cities and their urban historic landscapes. Furthermore, different experiences from other Arab cities will also be presented, such as the case of Jerusalem and Nablus. A main outcome of the symposium will be a publication of its proceedings.
The symposium will be preceded by a special event, under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, to launch an Arab ICOMOS Secretariat in Sharjah. The aim of this event is to support regional network for the cooperation between the Arab states. The target of this entity will be to strengthen the cooperation between the Arab National Committees and the Scientific Committees of ICOMOS, to work together on regional cultural related issues and to unite the regional resources in order to implement joint projects.