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Progress on Khour Dubai's nomination to UNESCO's heritage list viewed

posted on 31/03/2013: 2844 views

Progress on efforts to put Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO's World Heritage list yesterday was viewed by Infrastructure and Environment Committee at the Dubai Executive Council.

The meeting held Al Ahmadiya Heritage House was chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD '&' CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), to express support to the national heritage and to eventually enhance Dubai's competitiveness as a global tourism, heritage and cultural destination, according to Abdullah Al Shebani, Secretary General of the Executive Council.

The committee members made a filed tour to the Ras Al Khour area to view on-site preparations for the process.

The nomination dossier to the World Heritage List was delivered to UNESCO on 31st January and will be discussed in June 2014, he noted.

Located in the heart of Dubai dividing the city into two parts, Bur Dubai and Deira, Khour Dubai is a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf located in the heart of Dubai with 14 kilometres length and between 100-500 meters width that runs South-East and ends at Ras Al-Khor wildlife Sanctuary. The creek divides the city into two parts: Bur Dubai and Deira, and has played a major role in the economic development of the region throughout history.

UNESCO describes Khor Dubai and its surrounding neighbourhood as an outstanding and universally valuable site where natural, architectural and cultural components create a unique, urban landscape where influences and human interactions from the entire Gulf region mingle into a coherent and alive ensemble preserving both tangible and intangible heritage values.

The international organisation complies a World Heritage list on an yearly basis. The criteria of the list includes creation of a masterpiece of human genius, exhibition of important interchange of human values over a span of time, and display a unique cultural tradition or a civilisation that is contemporary or extinct, among other standards. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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