During the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, panelists agreed that the restoration of war-torn country's heritage is at the heart of economic development. They added that Iraq's al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul was a symbol of hope for the embattled community.
Cairo's Islamic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 often referred to as historic Cairo, boasts over 600 listed monuments. The task to patch up decades of dilapidation in the quarter is immense on Egypt.
In Syria, the Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria’s beleaguered rebels. The UN has said as many as 800,000 people could be displaced by a regime assault on Idlib and surrounding areas.