The Middle East has had a rich history and cultural heritage which has largely gone unnoticed because of limited exposure on a global scale. But tech tools and digital initiatives have not only enabled researchers to decode regional mysteries like Egyptian mummies and ancient scrolls, but have also allowed global scholars to learn more about the Arab world’s past.
The Middle East’s literature and historic documents have become accessible to people through digital platforms, and travelers even have games to explore historic parts of cities like Dubai. Among global players, Google has already teamed up with UAE to highlight regional stories, and now Qatar has found support from Microsoft to amplify its heritage through digitisation.
The country which has recently created the world’s largest collection of historical documents and images, will employ AI for transforming its museums. Microsoft will provide the tech to enrich the experience for visitors by providing background info and deeper insight about artefacts.
Transition towards the digital space has received an additional thrust during the pandemic, and will be powered by virtual reality to reach out to history buffs beyond geographical limitations. Microsoft’s platforms like Teams and Paint 3D will be used for transporting children from classrooms to museums.
In a bid to unlock the plethora of knowledge on the region’s past, Microsoft and the local museum authority will also improve digital libraries with augmented reality. The global tech giant will conduct training sessions for sharpening digital knowhow among museum employees across Qatar.
Microsoft has started the process of bringing local businesses and government bodies aboard its cloud platform Azure, through a local partner. The firm has already facilitated migration of 30 organisations related to the Qatari regime, towards the digital realm.
Once the digitisation of Qatari museums is complete, families in addition to schools will also be able to provide a window for curious students to learn about the region’s rich history.