Who We Are

The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) is a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO that was established in 2012 as an autonomous and independent legal entity at the service of Arab States Parties to strengthen the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.  

Based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, ARC-WH is a non-profit organisation that serves 19 Arab countries towards the promotion and management of cultural and natural sites by providing technical support and reinforcing the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.

Our Cause

To strengthen the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Arab States Region by enhancing the application of the decisions and recommendations of the World Heritage Committee for the benefit of World Heritage properties in the region.

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Since the World Heritage Convention was adopted in 1972, the World Heritage List has continually evolved and is growing steadily. With this growth, a critical need has emerged for guidance for States Parties on the implementation of the Convention.

Various expert meetings and results of Periodic Reporting have identified the need for more focused training and capacity development in specific areas where States Parties and World Heritage site managers require greater support. The development of a series of World Heritage Resource Manuals is a response to this need.


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 Strengthening Capacties of World Heritage Professionals for Cultural and Natural Sites in the Arab Region
الدورة العربية الإقليمية لبناء القدرات في مجال الآثار البحرية والتراث الثقافي المغمور بالمياه
Within the framework of the Activities of ARC-WH: Implementation of a Workshop on Impact Assessment on World Heritage in Saudi Arabia
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