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Nine Saudi Archeological Sites to Be Added to World Heritage List

Nine Saudi Archeological Sites to Be Added to World Heritage List

Friday, 27 September, 2019 - 09:45
A boy walks in Souq Al Qaisariya now known as Al-Ahsa World Heritage UNESCO Village after it was added to UNESCO World Heritage site, in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, July 8, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Work is currently underway to register Saudi archaeological sites, including Darb Zubaydah, the Hejaz Railway, the Shami Hajj Road, the Egyptian pilgrimage route, Qaryat al-Faw, Rijal Almaa village, Dhee Ayn, and Duma al-Jandal on the list of World Heritage Sites.

In the past few years, Saudi Arabia has been able to register five Saudi sites on the World Heritage List after the approval of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The beginning was in 2008 with the city of al-Hijr, known as “Madain Saleh,” which is home to ruins and coherent monuments of an ancient era, during which humans were able to resist the conditions of nature and settle in the heart of a barren desert.

The neighborhood of Turaif in the historic city of Diriyah was registered in 2010. Diriyah is a prominent national symbol in the history of the Kingdom. It was the seat of the State and the science, until 1824, when Imam Turki bin Abdullah chose Riyadh as the new base of the rule.

The Historic Jeddah was included as a World Heritage Site in 2014. The city dates back to the pre-Islamic era and has an important place across different civilizations.

The rock paint sites in Jubba and Shuwaymis were recorded in 2015.

The region of Hail is one of the most important and largest archaeological sites in the Kingdom, dating back more than 10 thousand years BC, and is the fourth archaeological site to be included on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

Al-Ahsa Oasis site was registered in 2018. It is one of the largest and most famous natural palm oases in the world, with more than three million palm trees producing the finest dates.

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