ICCROM -Press Release-

ICCROM-Sharjah announces the Jury Committee of the Cultural Heritage Conservation Award in the Arab Region

Under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the member of the Supreme Council, the Ruler of Sharjah, the Regional Conservation Center of the Cultural Heritage in the Arab World (ICCROM-ATHAR) has announced the jury committee of the biennial Cultural Heritage Conservation Award in the Arab Region (Sites and Museums). This award is aiming to honor and reward the distinct works that contribute to the protection and renovation of the tangible cultural heritage in the Arab world.

The jury includes various distinguish professors, architects, writers and specialists in the field of cultural heritage. It includes:

· Hasan Ashkanani, an assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology, Kuwait University.

· Rasem Badran, a Palestinian-Jordanian architect, the Chairman of Board of Directors of Dar Al-Emran's.

· Tarek Waly, an Egyptian architect and architectural designer.

· Suad Amiry, a Palestinian activist, architect and writer in the field of cultural heritage conservation.

· Salma Samar Damluji, a professor at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, the department of architecture in the Islamic world.

Mourad Boutaflika, a professor of culture at the architecture department, Blida University in Algeria.


Manal Ataya , a museum specialist and Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority, UAE.

The award is organized in two phases: during the first phase, the proposed projects will be examined in order to identify a shortlist of eight to fifteen exemplary projects. In the second phase, the owners of shortlisted projects will be invited to discuss their projects before the jury committee in order to choose the winning project. The nominated/shortlisted projects will be presented in a special ceremony to distribute the prizes.

The deadline for submitting projects to the award in the current year is 12 December 2017, and the list of nominated projects to receive the grand prize will be announced in 28 December 2017. The winning project will be announced, and the award will be presented in 6 February 2018, during an event that will be held under the auspices of H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the member of the Supreme Council, the Ruler of Sharjah. An exhibition of the nominated/shortlisted projects will be organized during the period from 5 until 8 February 2018.

This award targets the interventions that aim to conserve the tangible cultural heritage that has a historical, cultural or scientific importance to the local community and beyond. This cultural event will contribute to the sharing of knowledge and experiences for mutual benefit, and will attract individuals, teams, organizations, and institutions that led successful projects on cultural heritage conservation.


For further information, please contact:


Zaki Aslan

Director of ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in the U.A.E

PO Box: 48777 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Tel: + 971 561712966

Fax: +971 6 5552213

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www.iccrom.org; www.athar-centre.org


ICCROM-ATHAR is a regional conservation centre founded by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), Rome, Italy, and the Government of the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE. ICCROM-ATHAR has dedicated its activities since its launch in 2004 to the protection of cultural heritage in the Arab region and to broadening access, appreciation and understanding of its rich history.

Basing its philosophy, goals and activities on its wide knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage in the Arab region, the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Centre is working today to enhance the capacity of official heritage institutions to manage heritage sites, historic monuments and museum collections on a sustainable basis. These objectives are foreseen to be achieved through a series of regional educational and field activities including capacity building, consultation, dissemination of Information, symposia, workshops and seminars.