Culture Heritage and Development in the Arab World

Cultural resources range from imposing monuments to live performances of traditional music and dance.

In a changing world, these resources are subject to the ravages of economic developments that often fail to take into consideration the tangible and intangible benefits that can be accrued from mobilizing cultural resources as assets for both economic and human development. To make matters worse, many development projects consider historical or archaeological remains as a nuisance, and regard traditional crafts and practices as outmoded and a hindrance to “progress”.