Authors: Fawaz Habbal, Nasser Al Yammahi
Journal: International Journal Of Automation And Digital Transformation
Volume: Vol 2 Issue 1
Keywords: Cultural heritage, digital preservation, technology in heritage preservation, cultural sustainability, intangible heritage
In an era where the digital transformation is reshaping every facet of life, the preservation of cultural heritage through smart technologies emerges as a crucial endeavor. This research paper delves into the innovative intersection of traditional knowledge and modern technology, focusing on the Al Durror smart application, a digital tool designed to preserve and promote the Al Durror Calendar. This ancient astronomical timekeeping system, deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric of the Gulf region, is a testament to the rich historical and astronomical wisdom of its people. The Al Durror Calendar, structured around the annual rising of the Suhail star, divides the year into thirty-six decadal sections, each known as “Al- Durr,” forming a unique chronological framework integral to the region’s cultural identity. The study embarks on a comprehensive evaluation of the Al Durror app, launched a decade ago, and its role in the digital preservation of this ancient calendar. With over 100,000 downloads and a dedicated user base of 20,000, the app not only serves as a digital repository of the Al Durror Calendar but also as a platform for cultural engagement and education. The research aims to assess the app’s effectiveness in fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of this traditional timekeeping system among contemporary audiences. It explores the app’s usage patterns, user engagement, and its impact on the revival of the Al Durror Calendar in daily life.