UAE: DCT Abu Dhabi Honors 15 Establishments with Urban Treasures Accolade

DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM
DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM
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UAE: DCT Abu Dhabi Honors 15 Establishments with Urban Treasures Accolade

DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM
DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards, an annual initiative that honors long-running establishments that have shaped Abu Dhabi’s urban and social fabric.

During a ceremony held at the Cultural Foundation, DCT Abu Dhabi Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak presented the award to 15 businesses selected from across the emirate.

“Our Urban Treasures initiative preserves and promotes Abu Dhabi's unique cultural identity, and reflects the great emotional significance these 15 establishments have held for our community for over 20 years,” said Al Mubarak.

“They hold a nostalgia for times past, while remaining anchors of the community to this day. These establishments have witnessed the capital’s growth and contributed to the identity and vitality of our neighborhoods, strengthening the social and cultural fabric of the emirate,” he said.

“Through Urban Treasures, we aim to further raise the profiles of these establishments and ensure they thrive for generations to come. This initiative is in line with our strategy to preserve and promote Abu Dhabi's unique cultural identity and share it with the world – while also celebrating it locally,” he added.

Now in its third edition, the Urban Treasures initiative was launched with the aim of recognizing the city's landmark homegrown businesses – including restaurants, bakeries, tailors, fabric stores, perfumeries, jewelers, pharmacies, photography studios and similar establishments – which have thrived in Abu Dhabi for 20 years or more.

The award aligns with DCT Abu Dhabi’s Modern Heritage Initiative, which celebrates and safeguards the emirate’s more recent past.



Saudi Arabia Participates in UNESCO World Heritage Committee in India

The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)
The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Participates in UNESCO World Heritage Committee in India

The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)
The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia -- represented by the Saudi National Committee for Education, Culture and Science and the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to UNESCO and the Heritage Commission -- is participating in the 46th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

The session is taking place from July 21 to 31 in New Delhi, India, and will be attended by representatives from 195 member states who ratified the World Heritage Convention of 1972.

The Saudi delegation, led by the advisor to the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Engineer Mohammed bin Youssef Al-Aidaroos, participated in various activities during the session that were supported by the Kingdom.

The delegation delivered speeches highlighting Saudi Arabia's interest, support, and contributions to UNESCO's efforts to preserve world heritage. Some of the activities included discussions on the digital heritage platform, capacity building in African countries, and an event on Islamic World Heritage organized by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO).

Additionally, the Saudi delegation met with representatives from other official delegations attending the session to strengthen cooperation in heritage conservation.

The digital heritage platform, a collaborative effort between Saudi Arabia and UNESCO, is an online platform that utilizes cutting-edge digital technologies to explore UNESCO's cultural and natural world heritage sites as well as intangible cultural heritage.

The World Heritage Committee will review a proposal to add 27 new sites from various regions worldwide to the World Heritage List. It will also assess the preservation status of 124 sites currently included on the list, including 56 that are categorized as being in danger.

The World Heritage Committee, consisting of representatives from 21 countries elected by the 195 parties to the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, oversees the implementation of the convention.