In conjunction with the activities of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World, Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Qatar Museums, and the UNESCO regional office in Doha participated in organizing various events. The most important of these events is their visit to Al Zubara world heritage site; it aimed to enhance the importance of the national and global heritage, by highlighting the site of Al Zubara, which is inscribed on the world heritage list.
Representatives of the National Commission, namely, Mrs. Hessa Al-Dossary – Head of the UNESCO Department, Mr. Adel Al-Jouf, and Mrs. Lulwa Al-Kaabi visited the site of Al Zubara together with Mr. Ahmed Musa Al-Namlah – Executive Director of Qatar Museums, Dr. Fatima Al-Sulaiti – Head of International Cooperation, and Mrs. Anna Paolini – UNESCO Representative to the Arab States in the Persian Gulf and Yemen, and Director of the UNESCO Office in Doha.
The visit included a tour in the visitors’ center at Al Zubara Fort, and to the temporary exhibition of archaeological collections that were found at the site. After that, the visiting team went to the ruins of the Al Zubara archaeological site. At the same time, the Qatar Museums team explained the project of developing Al Zubara World Heritage site to be a tourist destination for cultural heritage. The team then went to the rock inscriptions in “Balaa”, one of the places where they found the rock inscriptions that spread along the coast of the State of Qatar.
The tour was concluded with a visit to Ain Mohamed village, which recently signed an agreement between Qatar Museums and Ain Mohamed Village Company, in order to rehabilitate the heritage village of Ain Mohammed, as the village and the heritage and the traditional character of the buildings will be preserved there. In fact, it is part of the commitment of Qatar Museums to revive the Qatari heritage, emphasizing the importance of preserving Qatar’s history and original heritage.
It is worth noting that the archaeological site of Al Zubara was included in the UNESCO list in Qatar of World Heritage Sites in 2013. With its cultural surroundings, Al Zubara represents a unique example of the socio-economic transformation of the lands, and an exceptional testimony to an urban tradition of pearling and the trade of pearls, which formed the source of livelihood for the major coastal cities in the region from the early Islamic period to the twentieth century.