The Arab Heritage can nowadays, thanks to technology, be captured and preserved in order to open it up to the world and strengthen the cultural links between Arab countries and creating a sense of pride in Arab achievements.
By using state-of-the-art technologies in virtual reality, such as 3D projection, holograms and natural interaction, a virtual museum of Arab heritage could be created.
Such an ambitious undertaking relies on engaging and mobilizing the human, financial and technical resources of national and international specialized organizations active in the Arab world.
The Arab Communications and Information Technology Ministers agreed to incorporate the Memory of the Arab World project in the Arab ICT strategy.
Memory of the Arab World project was established with the sponsorship and supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), by the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), the Arab League, UNESCO, ITU and Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).
§ Preserve and document the Arab heritage and strengthen the cultural links between Arab countries sharing the same language, values and traditions
§ The first phase of the “Memory of the Arab World” project started in July 2007, with Arab countries cooperating with CULTNAT)
§ A website was launched in 2012 and is ready to accommodate all types of data and information, including maps, documents and photographs
§ The second phase, estimated to run from 2012 to 2015, also implemented by CULTNAT, aims at adding new heritage elements, digitally documenting the cultural wealth of each Arab country, and launching the portal in both Arabic and English
§ The estimated budget is more than USD 3 million, and its main output will be a database that holds the collective memory of the Arab heritage. It will also have the effect of increasing Arabic content on the Internet
§ “Arabic digital content” is one of five Arab regional initiatives approved by the World Telecommunication Development Conference in Hyderabad (India) in 2010