Posted on March 10, 2019

Qatar Museums (QM) and Al Shamal Municipality have signed on Monday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance joint cooperation and preservation of Al Zubarah UNESCO World Heritage Site and promote cultural awareness among community members.

As part of the new agreement, Al Shamal Municipality will be responsible for cleaning and preserving Al Zubarah’s beach every month for the next five years. Al Shamal Municipality will also take part in QM’s local activities to help promote cultural awareness among community members. The MoU was signed by Mr. Ahmad Al-Namla, QM’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) and Hamad Jumaa Al-Mannai, Director of Al Shamal Municipality.

Commenting on the occasion, QM’S ACEO Mr. Al-Namla said: “We’re pleased to sign this new partnership with Al Shamal Municipality to help preserve one of the most important heritage sites in Qatar, and promote cultural awareness about its importance. Al Shamal Municipality is one of the key cultural hubs in Qatar. As such, its preservation is key to Qatar Museum’s Department of Archaeology in line with QM’s vision. We hope this partnership inspires other entities to form similar agreements to promote cultural understanding within their Corporate Social Responsibility progammes.”

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Hamad Jumaa Al-Mannai, Director of Al Shamal Municipality, added: “We’re pleased to partner with Qatar Museums to preserve this historic site of Al Zubarah, in line with our commitment to the country and its people. Not only are we going to help preserve the beauty and cleanliness of the site and its surrounding areas, but we will also set up several activities to help spread awareness about Qatar’s rich cultural history. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this fruitful cooperation.” The historic coastal town, Al Zubarah, is situated approximately 100 km north-west of Doha. Founded in the mid-18th century, the town developed into a centre of the pearling and international trade and rose to become the country’s largest and most important settlement. QM oversees its preservation and promotion by hosting various tourist visits and organising educational cultural activities all year-round for people in Qatar.

The Department of Archaeology at QM places great importance on Al Shamal Municipality given its historic significance. Some of QM’s efforts to preserve the area include the restoration of the iconic at Al Ruwais Mosque, one of Qatar’s oldest mosques, and its surrounding areas. Most recently, QM has also turned the abandone