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July 04, 2011

Abu Dhabi’s second city and heritage heartland of Al Ain in the emirate’s Eastern Region has become the first site in the United Arab Emirates to make it to UNESCO’s World Heritage List following efforts by  the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage in co-operation with the UAE’s National Council for Tourism and Antiquities.

UNESCO has cited Al Ain’s distinguished cultural sites and the geological, archaeological and historic importance of sites throughout the city. These include: Jebel Hafit, the 1,249 metre high peak – the highest in the emirate -  which backdrops the city and which boasts 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years in its foothills;  the bronze and iron age sites of Hili; the tombs of the Bida Bint Saud area as well as Al Ain’s ancient oases with their preserved traditional Al Falaj system which irrigated palm groves and farms.

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