The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hosting the extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, the first session of which was held this Sunday, 10 September, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The agenda of the expanded committee extends from 10 to 25 September. Qatar contributes to the work of the committee as one of its 21 members.

Qatar Museums’ participation in the Expanded 45th Session of the World Heritage Committee reflects the effective role played by the State of Qatar on a global level, as a member of the World Heritage Committee from 2021 to 2025.

Qatar is represented at the 45th session of the Heritage Committee by the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to UNESCO, HE Dr Nasser bin Hamad Al Henzab; Director of International Cooperation and Government Affairs at Qatar Museums, Dr Fatima Hassan Al-Sulaiti; and Head of the International Relations Section at Qatar Museums, Dr Rashid Ali Malheya.

As part of the committee meetings, Qatar Museums, in cooperation with the Office of the Permanent Delegation of the State of Qatar to UNESCO and the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, will organise an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inclusion of the Al Zubarah archaeological site on the UNESCO World Heritage List this Saturday, 16 September, where experts and specialists will have the opportunity to review its preservation, restoration and site management plans.

Testament to the region’s vibrant past

Al Zubarah stands as a testament to the region’s vibrant past, dating back to the late 18th century when it flourished as a thriving port during the pearl trading era. Its unique urban layout and architectural features offer a glimpse into the maritime and trading activities that shaped the area’s history.

Recognising its exceptional value, Al Zubarah was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013 for its outstanding preservation and representation of a historic trading port.

The event is a testament to Qatar’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and promoting its historical significance on the global stage. It seeks to cultivate a sense of pride and ownership among local and global communities in safeguarding remarkable historical sites for future generations.

Check out Marhaba’s FREE e-Guides for everything you need to know about Qatar.