Qatar Museums announced the inclusion of three additional Qatari heritage sites on the ISESCO Heritage List.

The inscription came during the ninth meeting of the Islamic World Heritage Committee (IWHC) in the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), convened virtually earlier on 29 June this year.

The IWHC decided to inscribe 97 new historical sites and cultural elements on the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List, including three Qatari archaeological sites: Al Rakyat Fort, Barzan Towers and Al Khulaifi Heritage House.

Qatar Museums Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, said they are pleased to see more Qatari heritage sites on the ISESCO Heritage List.

This new achievement contributes to the promotion of Qatar’s rich cultural heritage across the world and enhances cultural tourism in the country. We thank everyone who contributed to this achievement.

According to Qatar Museums CEO Ahmad Musa Al-Namla, the accomplishment comes as a culmination of Qatar Museums’ continuous efforts to revive the Qatari heritage and promote the various heritage sites in the country.

Barzan Towers
Barzan Towers

He said that the three heritage sites that were added to the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List comprise a significant historical and cultural heritage for the Qatari people, and the Islamic world as a whole.

We will work to inscribe more Qatari Islamic archaeological sites, shine a spotlight on Qatar’s Islamic culture and reinforce its position on the map of Islamic and cultural tourism.

The three archaeological sites were added to the other Qatari sites that are already inscribed on the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List in December 2019 – Al Zubara Fort, Al Jassasiya Site, the Old Amiri Palace (Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Palace in the Qatar National Museum) and Al Ruwais Mosque. The addition of the three archaeological sites brings the number of Qatari sites on the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List to seven.

Al Rakyat Fort
Al Rakyat Fort

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