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Posted On: 3 October 2018 03:14 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:01 pm

Qatar Museums and UCL Qatar to develop new Cultural Heritage Law

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Qatar Museums (QM) and University College London in Qatar (UCL Qatar) have announced a ground-breaking partnership that will deliver a new legal framework for cultural heritage for the State of Qatar, helping move the country forward towards realising the ambitions of the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030).

QM, the leading cultural authority in Qatar, and UCL Qatar have worked successfully together for several years, but this new partnership is set to be one of the most significant yet. In the coming months, senior leaders from both institutions will draw on internal and external expertise from organisations like UNESCO with the aim of modernising cultural heritage laws currently protected under the Law on Antiquities, No.2, which was published in 1980.

Under the visionary guidance of QM Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the project will further protect and promote Qatar’s history and culture.

By bringing the existing legal framework into line with internationally-recognised standards, the new comprehensive law will strengthen Qatar’s relations with global institutions, enhancing the country’s reputation as a leading cultural centre in the region and internationally.

Qatar Cultural Heritage Law

In developing the framework, QM and UCL Qatar will be examining multiple facets of heritage protection best practice, including taking a detailed look at four key areas:

  • Defining and providing a mechanism towards establishing privately owned museums, which will provide a major boost to Qatar’s cultural tourism offer.
  • Delivering the means to provide immunity from seizure to artefacts and antiques during movement in and out of the State.
  • Modernising the legislation pertaining to archaeology and excavation.
  • Rephrasing the processes related to QM in such areas pertaining to movement of cultural property, heritage registration and custodianship.

Furthermore, the framework will draft regulations to define how heritage is protected and preserved in cases of natural disasters or man-made damage. It will also deliver a blueprint for a new Competent Authority for the State of Qatar. This new Authority will operate within QM and entrusted to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the law, in coordination with other relevant government agencies.

The project was inaugurated at a two-day workshop this week in the presence of Mr. Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Special Advisor to QM Chairperson, Mr. Ahmad Al Namla, Acting CEO at QM, Dr. Sam Evans Director of UCL Qatar, representatives of Qatari Government entities, Qatar National Library, UNESCO, and international experts from the University of Siena and University of Geneva.

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