The Arab States Region possesses a rich cultural and natural heritage. The region consists of 19 countries that have ratified the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Region counts with 82 properties inscribed on the World Heritage as follows:
From archeological prehistoric sites, to Rock art sites, to ancient Greek sites, to Roman sites and from pre-Islamic till modern heritage in Rabat. The Region’s World Heritage is a fusion of cultures and heritages from East to West leaving landmarks from almost every significant historic period.
With the balance tipping more towards cultural sites, natural sites are slowly increasing in number as the regional mindset changes it’s direction. The conservation and maintenance on these sites strengthens the surrounding communities’ ties with the properties and their rich history whilst improving the region socially, economically and environmentally. This improvement will put fewer sites in danger and improve the life of local communities surrounding the sites. Incorporating this mindset within communities will be a challenging process that will prove fruitful over time for the State Parties and for UNESCO.
Each year the World Heritage Committee examines the state of conservation of the Arab States cultural, mixed and natural properties on the list to examine their current state.
Access the Arab States Region state of conservation report
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At its 32nd session, the World Heritage Committee decided on the preparation of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting (Decision 32 COM 11B) and on the launching of the exercise with the Arab States (document WHC-10/34.COM/10A; Decision 32 COM 11B) at the forefront, as had been the case in the First Cycle.
of Periodic Reporting
in the Arab States
the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting
in the Arab States
The new periodic reporting cycle will be launched in 2017
after the past three years of reflection.
The following tables present the action plans developed during the Regional meeting in Rabat (7-9 March 2011) by the Gulf, Maghreb and Middle East sub-regions successively.
Arab States partners
and Field Offices
Conservation, protection and capacity building activities in the region are carried out through reinforced cooperation among the States Parties, the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and UNESCO Offices in the field, in addition to the Arab regional Center (ARC) in Bahrain. The network of UNESCO partners plays an essential role in the implementation of Arab State specific activities at both a local and regional level.
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- UNESCO Director-General welcomes the liberation of Hatra and will send Emergency Assessment mission “as soon as possible” Friday, 28 April 2017
- UNESCO Director General sends rapid assessment mission to the Nimrud archaeological site in Iraq Wednesday, 14 December 2016
- “The Value of Heritage” Thursday, 24 November 2016
- Libya’s five World Heritage sites put on List of World Heritage in Danger Thursday, 14 July 2016
- UNESCO’s Director-General condemns the Destruction of Nabu Temple Saturday, 11 June 2016
- Director-General condemns destruction of vestiges in the Ancient City of Bosra, a Syrian World Heritage site Thursday, 24 December 2015
- The Management of Natural Heritage in Support of Sustainable Development: An Institutional Challenge in the Arab States Monday, 21 December 2015
- Qatar Development Fund boosts UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund Tuesday, 8 December 2015
- UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra - "Extremists are terrified of history" Monday, 5 October 2015
- Director-General Irina Bokova deplores the loss of two leading scholars of Syrian antiquity Friday, 21 August 2015
- International Expert Meeting on the Conservation and Revitalization of the Kasbah of Algiers, a World Heritage property 20-Jan-2018-24-Jan-2018
- Call for application: TABE’A Programme Training Series: Tentative Lists and Nomination preparation for Natural World Heritage sites 07-Jun-2016-27-Jul-2016
- Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Middle East Context, and in the Old City of Aleppo in particular (18-19 June 2015) 18-Jun-2015-19-Jun-2015