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IWHC adds three more Qatari sites to the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List

Today, Qatar Museums announced the addition to the ISESCO Heritage List of three more Qatari heritage sites. This inscription was made during the Islamic World Heritage Committee’s (IWHC’s) ninth virtual conference on June 29, 2021, in the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).

A total of 97 new historical and cultural sites and aspects have been inscribed, including three archaeological sites from Qatar: Al Rakyat Fort, Barzan Towers, and Al Khulaifi Heritage House by the Islamic World Heritage Committee.

“We 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.” said H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums.

“This accomplishment comes as a culmination of Qatar Museums’ continuous efforts to revive the Qatari heritage and promote the various heritage sites in the country. The three heritage sites that were added to 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.” said Ahmad Musa Al-Namla, CEO of Qatar Museums.

As of December 2019, Qatar now has three ISESCO-designated Islamic World Heritage Sites as part of the Islamic World Heritage List. They are Al Zubara Fort, the Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Palace (Qatar National Museum), Al Jassaiya Site, and the Old Amiri Palace (Amiri Palace). This makes seven archaeological sites in Qatar part of the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List.

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