Farasan Islands: From obscurity to recognition Discovering the conservation hazards of cultural heritage buildings

Author: Abdullah Ahmed A Refaei

Refaei, Abdullah Ahmed A, 2021 Farasan Islands: From obscurity to recognition Discovering the conservation hazards of cultural heritage buildings, Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Management is an essential aspect of the conservation of heritage sites and the surrounding environment and meeting the needs of locals. Managing a country’s heritage sites begins with fully comprehending their importance, followed by the planning and implementation of strategies with the involvement of a range of stakeholders. Saudi Arabia’s government generally takes charge of guiding and managing cultural heritage conservation processes.

This research aims to review the various strategies used by countries worldwide to manage their cultural heritage and evaluate whether these methods could be implemented in the Farasan Islands in Saudi Arabia. Implementing these strategies and standards applied around the world and take another approach in the appropriate ways that should be applied to the buildings in the Farasan Islands. This thesis also considers appropriate strategies for the conservation, restoration, maintenance, and management of various sites in the Farasan Islands. It explores ways in which the Saudi Vision 2030 goal to boost tourism may be met by paying attention to historical buildings in the Farasan Islands. The Farasan Islands are distinguished by the importance of their location near the international shipping lane, as well as its proximity to Bab al-Mandab and African countries, and its richness in natural, tourist, and archaeological resources, its coral people, and fish wealth, which made it a destination for tourists, businessmen and fishermen alike.

Keywords: Farasan Islands, Vision 2030, Culture, Tourism, Conservations, Strategies, Historical, Buildings, Management, Restoration, Saudi Arabia, Heritage, Government, Comprehensive. Farasan

Subject: Archaeology thesis

Thesis type: Masters
Completed: 2021
School: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Supervisor: Daryl Wesley