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Al Ain inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List

July 05, 2011

Paris, France: The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) has been successfully awarded the inscription on to the "World Heritage List" for the city of Al Ain, in co-operation with the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities of the United Arab Emirates.

The nomination includes the following sites: Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and the Oases areas of Al Ain.

The 35th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee which took place in Paris examined the dossier submitted by the UAE after a meticulous and independent site inspection and eight years of preparation. There was an extensive discussion after which it was clear that the submission was worthy of inscription on the World Heritage List.

The Chairman of ADACH His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan stated that "This is a great honor and is proper recognition of the historical sites in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This work is further testament to the richness and commitment that ADACH has in working to protect and promote Abu Dhabi."

His Excellency Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage said:

“We are extremely pleased with the tremendous interest and overall success of the nomination put forward by ADACH, which has showcased one of the many treasures the UAE possesses. I am proud of the cross platform team work that has taken place to ensure our combined success.

Furthermore HE
Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei
"Applauded the efforts of achieving this first inscription for a site on the World Heritage List."

Dr Sami el-Masri, Deputy Director General for Arts, Culture & Heritage and Director of Strategic Planning & Development, said:

“ADACH’s manifesto and objective continues to be focused on ensuring that we are safeguarding the cultural heritage and identity of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates."

This work began in 2003 when we pulled together all of the elements for the submission. These have ensured that we have the effective institutions, local capacities, resources and tools necessary to meet the high standards of conservation and management of sites in Al Ain. This has led to a recognition by the entire international community, that is represented by the World Heritage Committee at UNESCO.

Dr. Sami el-Masri added "These are unique testimonies of an important culture and identity that has left it's mark on the history of world civilization and human contacts in the past and present day."

"UNESCO recognizes this achievement of ADACH in the areas of archaeological research and conservation of the cultural heritage, the creation of museum institutions and the building of local capacities that have enabled the successful inscription of this site."

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