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.
The Idlib museum, whose collections rival those in Aleppo and Damascus, reopened last month, despite having lost an unknown number of its treasures to looters. With an attack on Idlib so near and so likely, many observers are afraid that the museum will be damaged much more.
In preparation for UNESCO's visit to the ancient city of Babylon near Hilla, Iraq, the world heritage site is being cleaned from trash and military remnants.The Babylonian Theatre gardens and the gardens that face the front of the Temple of Ishtar are some of the main sites that were cleaned ahead of the visit.
Volunteers establish the "Les plus Beaux Villages du Liban" an initiative formed to preserve Lebanon's rural heritage. They began with the village of Hardine, Lebanon which was founded in 1250BC, and boasts archaeological sites, including a Roman temple and 30 monasteries and caves.
Authorities in Dhi Qar Province seek to add some of the province's cultural landmarks into the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, however they complain that the lack of care and funding has resulted in the landmarks physical deterioration.