The Arabian Heritage Centre
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, opened the Arabian Heritage Centre in the University City-Sharjah, on April 19, 2015, as an institution entrusted with the implementation of the SIH's programme with regard to cultural heritage in the Arab world. This programme is dedicated to the vision and directives of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, in supporting and preserving the Arab cultural heritage, and improving the mechanisms of collecting, authenticating, documenting and disseminating it, so that it will be available to researchers and the public. It also works to care for Arab heritage both tangible and intangible, by creating an inclusive corporate framework in order to make a qualitative addition to the record of major cultural and heritage projects that fall at the heart of the cultural project of His Highness, and in support of the march of heritage in the UAE, the GCC countries and the Arab world.
The Centre seeks to be the top Arab heritage destination at the level of the Arab countries, by adopting a strategic plan that aims at:
- Collecting the Arabian heritage from all over the region, and preparing lists of collectibles, inventory and guides.
- Creating a network of relations between the Centre and the various heritage and cultural bodies in the Arab world, and adopting major heritage projects, which translate the Centre's mission and serve its goals.
- Carrying out studies and researches to document the Arabian heritage and preserve it from loss and extinction.
- Developing and implementing training and qualification programmes for the Arabian frameworks operating in the field of cultural heritage.
- Supporting copywriting, publishing, and translation to and from Arabic of all heritage studies and researches.
- Framing the inventory of the cultural heritage items, and assisting in preparing and enrolling them in the various UNESCO regulations.
- Launching and organizing programmes for the living human treasures locally and in various Arab countries.
- Promoting the elements of the intangible cultural heritage in the Arab world, especially those registered under the UNESCO regulations.
- >Representing the Arabian heritage and its accredited institutions in the international scientific conferences and meetings.