The digital environment offers an opportunity to establish a museum model that supports contemporary museum thought in regard to collective memory strategies, inclusivity and equity of tangible and intangible culture heritage. Al Jazeera Al Hamra, which means “red island”, is considered one of the last traditional coastal villages in the United Arab Emirates. As the buildings are now only remnants of a time past, not only does the architecture need to be documented and mapped, but also the stories and traditions of the people who once lived there need to be recorded.
The mission of The Jazeera Al Hamra Digital Heritage Project is to develop a model for digitally preserving and re-presenting tangible and intangible cultural heritage using Al Jazeera Al Hamra, an at risk site. The application of panoramic imaging and hypermedia narrative theory for cultural heritage documentation and interpretation plays a central role in this study. Related sites and artifacts will also be examined for comparative and supplementary analysis to Al Jazeera Al Hamra.