Archaeology, Heritage and Tourism


From across Saudi Arabia, local artisans have passionately laboured and innovated to take part in a landmark exhibition that reflects the scale, diversity and wealth of their country’s cultural and artisanal heritage. This publication sheds light on the legacy of craftsmanship and illustrates how beautiful and ancient crafts can play an important role in terms of social and economic growth in a contemporary world.

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سكة حديد الحجاز

في شهر مارس من عام 1900م (1313 هـ)، أصدر السلطان عبد الحميد الثاني مرسوماً «فرماناً» بإنشاء سكة حديد الحجاز. وكان الغرض من إنشاء هذه السكة التي تمتد من دمشق إلى الحرمين الشريفين في مكة المكرمة والمدينة المنورة، توفير وسيلة نقل حديثة للوافدين من آسيا وأوروبا وبلاد الشام لأداء فريضة الحج، فضلاً عن توطيد أواصر الأخوّة بين دول العالم الإسلامي المجزّأ آنذاك. نتمنى أن تستمتعوا بقراءة هذا الكتاب، وأن تتعرّفوا أكثر إلى هذا الجزء الرائع من التراث الثقافي للمملكة العربية السعودية.

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Back to the Wild

Featuring extraordinary, documentary-style photography, this beautiful and engaging coffee table book follows the remarkable journey of the Scimitar-horned Oryx as it is reintroduced into Chad’s Sahelian heartland. Considered the world’s most ambitious large mammal reintroduction project and a milestone for future species conservation efforts, the book charts the collaborative efforts of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Government of Chad and Sahara Conservation Fund, along with some of the world’s leading zoological societies and research institutions, as this iconic species sets foot on its native soil nearly three decades after it was declared ‘extinct in the wild’.

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Qatar Manual for Tour Guiding

The Qatar Manual for Tour Guiding has been produced within the framework of the Qatar National Tourism Sector, which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. Presented as a valuable compendium of all relevant information on Qatar, this title in separate English and Arabic editions provides all the material and training that a tour guide in Qatar requires to promote the country.

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Heritage Preservation in Islamic Contexts

This dual-language e-book edition documents UCL Qatar’s work in the area of conservation and preservation in addition to research projects undertaken by leading experts in the field.

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Emirates to the World

While mail, as a tool of correspondence, was first known to the ancient civilisations of the pre-Islamic Arab region, it was not until the Islamic era that mail became truly operational. Emirates to the World: Postal History from 1909 to Unification relates to the inaugural exhibition of the Etihad Museum in Dubai and tells the engaging story of postal services in the Emirates from their earliest days of the Trucial States through to unification and the formation of the UAE in 1971.

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Sir Bani Yas & The Church of the East

This special-edition volume, which was presented as a gift to Pope Francis by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, tells the story of Sir Bani Yas island, shedding light on aspects of the Church of the East and the role it played in the past and its future role in terms of heritage and educational tourism. Sir Bani Yas represents the spirit of collaboration: a place where archaeologists, natural scientists and anthropologists have joined forces to make culture relevant, meaningful and enjoyable.

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The presentation of the book to Pope Francis


The Quarries of Meroe, Sudan

Providing a stunning visual journey across the ancient stone quarries in Sudan, this publication offers invaluable insights into the Meroitic civilization, demonstrating the significance of stone production within the history of this period of the Kingdom of Kush.

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Al-Andalus: Archaeology, History and Memory

Al-Andalus represents one of the most brilliant periods in human history, a time replete with great achievements in arts and architecture, and characterized by political and religious tolerance among different religions and conceptions of the world. This trilingual volume (English, Arabic and Spanish) explores the interactions of archaeology, history and memory with the collaboration of scholars from different scientific and national backgrounds.

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Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain

Chess and backgammon are not part of a dead, dusty tradition which has no relevance to modern life; they are part of everyday culture in the Gulf region, the Middle East and the wider world. Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain (in English and Arabic) explores the invention, development and adaptation of four games and their relation to Islamic art.

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