Revitalising abandoned heritage villages: the case of Tinbak, Qatar
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As an archaeological heritage, valuable heritage settlements entail preservation to avoid destruction and eventual extinction. Intending to propose a study for revitalising heritage villages, Tinbak is selected as a case study. It is an old abandoned village in Qatar identifiable by its distinct yet straightforward local architecture features. This article applies the concept of sustainable tourism to architectural heritage with consideration to social, cultural, and economic factors. The study employs qualitative research methods, grand and mini-tours, interviews and SWOT analysis with attention to three objectives, 1. Maintain the domestic identity of Tinbak; 2. Shift the value of space from residential to an attractive, sustainable touristic place; and 3. Highlight the connectivity to adjacent communities and open lands as a means of enhancing accessibility and ecotourism. To implement tourism sustainability, the study suggested the guidelines of the albergo diffuso model that promote local culture, stimulate the local economy and considering environmental sustainability. Recommendations suggested protecting and conserving the existing heritage, considering the surrounding rural area as part of revitalising the village, engaging the stakeholder and the citizens in the decision-making, and revitalisation management to ensure the successful transformation of a heritage village from an abandoned place to an operationally sustainable tourist centre.