Launch in Rabat of the 2nd edition of the book "World Heritage Sites in Arab Countries"

The Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH) organized, on Thursday evening in Rabat, the launching ceremony of the second edition of the book “World Heritage Sites in Arab Countries”, which is intended as a research work , promotion and documentation of these sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The ceremony, organized at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco (BNRM), took place in the presence of Her Excellency Cheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Board of Directors of ARC-WH, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Morocco, personalities from the world of culture and diplomacy and representatives of international organizations.

Rabat was chosen for the launch of this second edition in the Arab world, after its official launch at the end of 2021 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and at ARC-WH headquarters in Manama.

In a speech on this occasion, Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa welcomed the “launch of the second edition of this book, which takes stock of our material heritage, from the Kingdom of Morocco which shares with us this cultural ideal and which shelters on its soil world heritage sites reflecting the extent of our civilizational heritage rooted in history”.

The President of ARC-WH wished to thank Morocco for its hospitality and the constant support it provides to the Centre’s action, at the service of all Arab countries.

“The Arab Regional Center for World Heritage places all its financial and technical resources at the disposal of Arab countries, to support them in their efforts to safeguard their natural and cultural heritage and achieve sustainable development”she said, adding that the launch of this 2nd edition coincides with the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the ARC-WH and the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention for the protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

For his part, the director of the BNRM, Mohamed El Ferrane, underlined the richness and diversity of the Arab cultural heritage which honors human life “as the pivot of sustainable development”.

The second edition of the book “World Heritage Sites in Arab Countries” is rich in lessons on all the World Heritage sites in the Arab world, inscribed on the UNESCO list until 2019, and the characteristics that make them unique, noted Mr. El Ferrane.

This book, he added, is a tribute to the Arab-Islamic heritage and an invitation to States and institutions to engage in efforts to safeguard and promote the Arab cultural heritage in order to give it back its letters. of nobility. According to a brochure distributed on this occasion, the 2nd edition of the work “World Heritage Sites in Arab Countries”, published in three languages ​​(Arabic, English and French), aims to discover and promote the said sites which extend from the Arab Maghreb to the Gulf and are characterized by their great diversity, between natural and cultural sites.

This second edition lists 86 sites, 20 more than the first. These are sites that were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List between 2011 and 2019. Among the Moroccan sites included in this 2nd edition, the medinas of Fez and Meknes, Ksar Ait Haddou, the archaeological site of Volubilis, the city of Essaouira (Mogador) and the city of El Jadida (Mazagan).

The first edition of the book was launched in 2012 in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Bahrain, UNESCO and the Arab Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and with funding from Bahrain Bay Development. The work is distinguished by its impressive visual language, with original photos capturing in their minute details the Arab sites classified as World Heritage of Humanity. These magnificent shots bear the signature of the French photographer specializing in world heritage, Jean-Jacques Gelbart.

Created in 2012 under the auspices of UNESCO, the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage supports the 19 Arab States Parties in the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

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