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-present

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; March 1994: UNESCO World Heritage Centre mission; December 1994: ICOMOS expert mission; May-June 1995: experts mission; September 1996: expert mission; October 1997: expert mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

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

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997

During its twentieth session, the Committee was informed of the remarks and recommendations of the expert mission which visited the site in September 1996.  The state of conservation of the site is a serious cause for concern.  The Committee thanked the Omani authorities for having accepted the mission's recommendations, but however, requested to be kept regularly informed, through the World Heritage Centre, of progress achieved in the implementation of these measures.  This had not been done by the Omani authorities, in spite of several requests for information by the Centre, until 12 and 24 March 1997, when it was confirmed that the measures recommended by the experts were being carried out and they requested that another expert mission be sent to the site.  On 10 April, the Permanent Delegation informed the Centre that following heavy rains the north-west Tower of the Fort had collapsed.

Action Required

After having taken note of the report of the Secretariat concerning the situation at Fort Bahla, the Bureau thanked the Omani authorities for their communications of 12 and 24 March 1997 by which they confirmed their intent to carry out the recommendations of the UNESCO experts.  However, it expressed its serious concern following the collapse of the Fort's north-west Tower and requested them to make every effort to consolidate the monument.  It approved the dispatch of a new expert mission next October, on a cost-sharing basis, as previously.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997

A new expert mission was scheduled for October 1997 to advise on the preservation of the Fort. At the time of the preparation of this document the outcome of the mission was not yet known.

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

The Committee may wish to examine information that may be available at the time of its session and take appropriate action thereupon.

Decision Adopted: 21 BUR IV.A.15

After having taken note of the report of the Secretariat concerning the situation at Fort Bahla, the Bureau thanked the Omani authorities for their communications of 12 and 24 March 1997 by which they confirmed their intent to carry out the recommendations of the UNESCO experts. However, it expressed its serious concern following the collapse of the Fort's north-west Tower and requested them to make every effort to consolidate the monument. It approved the dispatch of a new expert mission next October, on a cost-sharing basis, as previously.

Decision Adopted: 21 COM VII.B.28

VII.28 Bahla Fort (Oman)

The Committee decided that full information on the work undertaken would be submitted to the Bureau, in June 1998, based on the report of the expert mission which visited the site in October 1997.