Documentation and Heritage Management Plan: Mirbat, Dhofar Governorate
The town of Mirbāt is located on the shores of the Arabian sea, on the north-eastern edge of the bay of Salalah, within the Governorate of Dhofar, southern Oman. While it is still one of the larger towns in the region it is second to Salalah, the capital of Dhofar. The settlement itself is situated along a rocky shoreline which shelters a beach which was traditionally the port of Mirbāt. This maritime outlook was the town traditional source of wealth, serving as an entrepôt for the wider and region and connecting overseas markets on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf to the frankincense producing regions of the Dhofari interior.
About the project
The following document proposes a detailed and comprehensive strategy for the preservation and development of the coastal town of Mirbāt, in the Governorate of Dhofar. The aims are, as agreed with the Sultanate’s ministry of Heritage and Culture (MHC), to carry out the in-depth documentation of the site in order to ascertain its heritage value and determine the primary threats affecting the heritage. The detailed analysis of the site, together with its social and historical context forms the backbone of the heritage management and development plan proposed for the site. The plan was produced on the premises of the University of Liverpool, UK, by the members of the ArCHIAM Research Centre.