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    Explore Iran With Audio Guide App - Financial Tribune

    Iran - Explore Iran With Audio Guide App - Financial Tribune


    Explore Iran With Audio Guide App - Financial Tribune
    By Delaram Ahmadi
    Published Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    In an innovative move, a private company in Shiraz, Fars Province, has designed an application that enables tourists to visit Iran's attractions on one's own, as it offers a complete overview of the places in English on smartphones.

    "Iran Audio Guide" has been designed by Shiraz Durandish Programmers Company for both Android and iOS operating systems and is downloadable at App Store and Google Play free of charge. The first version of the app was launched in April 2017.

    Users can download audio tracks of each listed attraction and listen to accurate and comprehensive details about the place. The audios are also available in Persian for domestic tourists.

    The first two tracks of each category are free but a complete package is available for purchase on Iranaudioguide.com at 300,000 rials ($7.8) in English and 10,000 ($2.6) in Persian, payable through Shetab and Web Money payment portals.

    Soroush Ansari, chief technology officer of the company, told Financial Tribune that a few shops have been set up in Shiraz where packages can be bought at a discount.

    The tracks can be paused, rewound and fast-forwarded, which gives it an advantage over human guides, as the tourist can visit the site at one's own pace and take as much time as one needs to capture photos without worrying about missing the explanations.  

    So far, the tracks have been prepared for a limited number of places, including a complete package of Persepolis world heritage site, attractions of Shiraz and Isfahan as well as the description of Iranian traditional architecture.

    However, Ansari said the company is working to expand the tracks to include all attractions of the country.

    "Yazd, Tehran, and Tabriz are our top priorities," he said, adding that the process would take time as they insist on delivering precise information and facts. The contents of the tracks include step-by-step guides through the attractions, stories of wars, victories and invasions, information about kings and prominent figures, famous Persian myths, love stories and techniques of Iranian architecture, as well as gossips and scandals.

    It also shows the attraction's location on a Google map to facilitate access.

    A number of tourism applications are currently available on web stores. However, Iran Audio Guide is among the frontrunners in designing audio applications in English.

    Abriged From: Financial Tribune


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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.