1.         Bahla Fort (Oman) (C 433)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   1988-2004

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/433/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1988)
Total amount approved: USD 57,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/433/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

October 1988: ICOMOS mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Degradation of the structures

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/433/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

Reports that the Omani Ministry of National Heritage has requested a Moroccan firm to reconstruct Bahla Fort and that extensive works are being carried out. This ensemble which is entirely built with mud brick is now being reconstructed; we are informed, adding construction materials like cement, stone, reinforced concrete, etc. to the original substance. This undoubtedly jeopardizes the integrity and authenticity of the site and its World Heritage status. It is strongly recommended that a monitoring mission should be undertaken by a mud construction specialist.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 17 COM X

Bahla Fort (Oman)

The Delegate of Oman informed the Committee that the authorities were studying the necessary restoration works of the Bahla Fort and that a report would be presented to the Centre as soon as possible.