In cooperation with UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture is organizing a sub-regional meeting for Gulf States and Yemen to discuss the protection of underwater cultural heritage in the region, in an attempt to safeguard the rich maritime heritage present in these states. The meeting is held on the 16th and 17th October 2012 at the Kempinski hotel.
For centuries Arab States have ruled the waves. Throughout the 7th -13th centuries they maintained a wide trade network across Asia, Africa and Europe, which made them the world's leading extensive economic power. Islamic geography and navigational sciences were much higher developed than that used for instance in Europe at that time. Arab sailors were able to sail across oceans rather than skirt along the coast. While these travels brought richness to the countries that send the ships, it did also sometimes end in shipwreck. Boats did also sink during the numerous naval battles fought in the Gulf. The remains of these Arab shipwrecks, as well as the wrecks of foreign ships are supposed to be still preserved on the seabed.
Participants in the meeting will deliberate on means of protecting underwater cultural heritage, in addition to reviewing current legislations and regulations that must be adhered to, to prevent any violations that might occur within the spaces and areas of cultural significance, in addition to establishing a unified outlook in relation to underwater cultural heritage. Delegates will also discuss the possible ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage by GCC States and Yemen, and ways in which international agencies can assist national authorities in implementing this convention.
This meeting coincides with the World Maritime Day, and is funded by the General Organization for Sea Ports and UNESCO.
To take part in this meeting, please register by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org