ICCROM-Sharjah is a regional office of ICCROM located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2015 by ICCROM and the Government of United Arab Emirates, the founding vision of ICCROM-Sharjah has been in response to the challenging times in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, which have undergone large-scale loss and devastation of cultural heritage properties. Therefore, ICCROM’s regional office aspires to safeguard cultural heritage in the Arab region by supporting its conservation, effective management, understanding and appreciation.
ICCROM-Sharjah aims to support ICCROM’s Arab Member States in protecting their cultural heritage through dissemination of good practices in heritage conservation and management, capacity building of professionals and raising awareness among the public. ICCROM-Sharjah also works with partners to build institutional capacities for sustainable conservation of cultural heritage by providing tools, knowledge and expertise to its Member States.
Vision ‘Knowledge…The Future of our Heritage’
ICCROM-Sharjah believes in the crucial role of cultural heritage as vector in socio-economic development. It is a knowledge platform that promotes continuous protection of cultural heritage and the advancement of its management and conservation in the Arab region, as well as broadening access, appreciation and understanding of the region’s past.
ICCROM-Sharjah’s Core Activities
ICCROM-Sharjah Focuses on Five Main Activities
Building institutional and professional capacities to enhance conservation and management practices through training and educational programmes in collaboration with related academic and research institutions.
Sharing the outcomes of ICCROM-Sharjah’s professional research work with its experts, training and advocacy through publications and guiding frameworks.
Bringing together renowned cultural heritage thinkers and specialists to address current themes that are important for the region’s sustainable goals relevant to heritage conservation and development.
Field Projects and Advisory Services
Offering support, co-ordination, facilitation and technical advice on cultural heritage conservation and management when requested by Member States or partners from the field.
Outreach and Advocacy
Raising the awareness of the public about the rich history of the Arab region and foster a mature understanding of the importance of cultural heritage conservation and management through good practices of conservation.