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Arab States

The Arab States Region possesses a rich cultural and natural heritage. The region consists of 18 countries that have ratified the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Region counts with 86 properties inscribed on the World Heritage as follows:


Cultural properties


Natural properties


Mixed properties


In Danger



From archeological prehistoric sites, to Rock art sites, to ancient Greek sites, to Roman sites and from pre-Islamic till modern heritage in Rabat. The Region’s World Heritage is a fusion of cultures and heritages from East to West leaving landmarks from almost every significant historic period.

With the balance tipping more towards cultural sites, natural sites are slowly increasing in number as the regional mindset changes it’s direction. The conservation and maintenance on these sites strengthens the surrounding communities’ ties with the properties and their rich history whilst improving the region socially, economically and environmentally. This improvement will put fewer sites in danger and improve the life of local communities surrounding the sites. Incorporating this mindset within communities will be a challenging process that will prove fruitful over time for the State Parties and for UNESCO.

Each year the World Heritage Committee examines the state of conservation of the Arab States cultural, mixed and natural properties on the list to examine their current state.

Access the Arab States Region state of conservation report

State of conservation report

Action Plan

© Martin Gray / Petra jordan

At its 32nd session, the World Heritage Committee decided on the preparation of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting (Decision 32 COM 11B) and on the launching of the exercise with the Arab States (document WHC-10/34.COM/10A; Decision 32 COM 11B) at the forefront, as had been the case in the First Cycle.
Report on
First Cycle
of Periodic Reporting
in the Arab States
Report on
the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting
in the Arab States

The new periodic reporting cycle will be launched in 2017
after the past three years of reflection.

Action Plan

The following tables present the action plans developed during the Regional meeting in Rabat (7-9 March 2011) by the Gulf, Maghreb and Middle East sub-regions successively.


Arab States partners
and Field Office

Conservation, protection and capacity building activities in the region are carried out through reinforced cooperation among the States Parties, the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and UNESCO Offices in the field, in addition to the Arab regional Center (ARC) in Bahrain. The network of UNESCO partners plays an essential role in the implementation of Arab State specific activities at both a local and regional level.

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Links from our partners

2015 IUCN ROWA annual report  
The Silk Roads: an ICOMOS Thematic Study
Rock art of Sahara and North Africa: an ICOMOS Thematic study


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News (31)
See Also (1)
Decisions (6)
Show 43COM 10A.3 Progress report on the follow-up to the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting (Arab States)
Show 40COM 10B.3 Follow-up to the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for Arab States region
Show 39COM 10B.3 Follow-up of the second cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise for the other regions and general reflection on Periodic Reporting
Show 38COM 8E Adoption of Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value
Show 38COM 10B.3 Progress Report on Periodic Reporting in the Arab States region
Show 37COM 10C.3 Progress report on Periodic Reporting in the Arab States region