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This research centre was founded in 1983 by agreement between the governments of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Board of Directors includes representatives from each member State, with the chairperson being the Minister of Information from Qatar. Its aim is to collect, document and classify the regional cultural heritage. It also publishes research, sponsors and protects regional folklore, provides a database on folklore of the Gulf region and promotes traditional culture through education. The Centre concentrates on collection of folk materials (documents, audio-visual materials, sound recordings, photographs) dealing specifically with the fields of oral tradition, the performing arts, customs and traditions, and crafts from the Persian Gulf region. It is operated as a joint project of the Gulf States. The Centre publishes 'al-Ma’thurat al-Sha’biyya' four times per year. An informative article outlining the activities of the Centre by Daniel Martin Varisco may be found at https://www.cambridge.org/journals/review-of-middle-east-studies.