Dubai is among about 30 sites nominated for inclusion on UNESCO’s World
The World Heritage Committee will convene in Manama under the chair of Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain from June 24 June to July 4 to inscribe some of the 30 sites nominated for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The proposed additions to the World Heritage List number five natural sites, including one extension to a site already inscribed, three mixed sites (i.e. both natural and cultural) and 22 cultural sites.
The proposed additions include Fanjingshan (China), Chaine des Puys - Limagne fault tectonic arena (France), Bikine River Valley (Russia), Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa) Pimachiowin Aki (Canada), Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar” (Colombia), Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: original habitat of Mesoamerica (Mexico), Žatec – the Town of Hops (Czechia), Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front) (Belgium / France), Colonies of Benevolence (Belgium / Netherlands), Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou—Zayton (China), Aasivissuit—Nipisat Inuit Hunting Ground between Ice and Sea (Denmark), Historic Urban Ensemble of Nîmes (France) and Archaeological Border Landscape of Hedeby and the Danevirke (Germany), Naumburg Cathedral (Germany).
The committee will also examine the inclusion of Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (India), Age of Trade: Old Town of Jakarta (formerly Old Batavia) and Four Outlying Islands—Onrust, Kelor, Cipir and Bidadari (Indonesia), Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (Italy), Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene (Italy), Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan), Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site (Kenya), Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman), Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea) and Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania).
The committee will also review proposed additions of Al-Ahsa Oasis, an Evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia), Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain) and Khor Dubai, a Traditional Merchants’ Harbor (United Arab Emirates).
The committee will furthermore examine the state of conservation of 157 sites already on the World Heritage List. Fifty-four of those sites, are also on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The committee will discuss deleting the Historic
Center of Shankhrisyabz (Uzbekistan)
from the World Heritage List.
The committee will also examine the inclusion of Lake Turkana National Parks (Kenya), Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) and Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore (Pakistan) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The site of Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, may be removed from that list due to improvements in its conservation.
The World Heritage Young Professionals
Forum will take place in Manama ahead of the Committee session, from June 17 to
26 under the theme of "Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World."