At the occasion of the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee, held from 15 to 25 June 2014 in Doha (Qatar), a special issue of World Heritage is dedicated to Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2013, which flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and offers outstanding testimony to an urban trading and pearl-diving tradition. The Old Palace in Doha, the rock carvings of Qatar and Khor Al-Adaid Nature Reserve are also among the articles featuring Qatari heritage.

A message from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and an interview with H.E. Sheika Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chair of Qatar Museums Authority and Chair of the World Heritage Committee, are also featured.