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Bahla Fort

Oman
Factors affecting the property in 1997*
  • Management activities
  • Other Threats:

    Degradation of the structures

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Degradation of the structures;
  • Use of recent construction materials (cement, etc.)
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1997
Requests approved: 2 (from 1988-1988)
Total amount approved : 57,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1997**

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

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 Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1997

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

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1997
21 BUR IV.A.15
Fort Bahla (Oman)

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.

21 COM VII.B.28
SOC: Bahla Fort (Oman)

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.

Report year: 1997
Oman
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iv)
Danger List (dates): 1988-2004
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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