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6 Saudi archaeological sites appear in the UNESCO list

Saudi authorities seek to preserve the historical and heritage richness and to register archaeological and heritage sites in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) for the sake of highlighting these monuments.

Six sites have been registered so far, and they are.

Madain Saleh

It is the city of Al-Hajar, located in the Al-Ula Governorate of the Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah region.

In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared Mada’in Saleh a World Heritage Site, thus becoming the first site in Saudi Arabia to join the list of World Heritage sites.

At-Turaif neighborhood in Diriyah

It is the second Saudi heritage site to be added to the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010.

Al-Turaif neighborhood, which was founded in the 15th century, bears traces of the Najdi architectural style that is unique to the center of the Arabian Peninsula.

Historic Jeddah

The approval of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO came to adopt the historical area of ​​Jeddah on the World Heritage List in 2014.

The city of Jeddah, which dates back to the pre-Islamic era, occupies an important place across different civilizations

And it witnessed in the beginnings of the Islamic era a major turning point when Caliph Othman bin Affan took it as the port of Mecca.

Rock paintings in Hail

The sites of Jubbah, Rata and Al-Manjour “Al-Shuwaimis” in the Hail region are among the most important and largest archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia, which date back to more than 10 thousand years BC.

It is the fourth archaeological site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2015.

Al-Ahsa Oasis

It’s one of the largest and most famous natural palm oases in the world, with more than 3 million palm trees producing the finest dates.

 Al-Ahsa enjoys an important geographical location, its people playing a major role in the history of the region. It had civilized links with the ancient world in the Levant, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

It is the fifth Saudi site to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018.

Historic Hima Well 

The wells of Hima are one of the most important archaeological sites in Najran, and it is a road that extends between 6 rocky wells, through which trade caravans passing from the south of the Arabian Peninsula to its north to supply water from the wells during travel

 It is one of the most important sites of rock drawings, and there are more than 13 sites containing drawings of grazing and hunting scenes.

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