HE Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia, has congratulated Oman on UN adding an ancient city in Oman to the list of world heritage sites.
Three new sites have been awarded world heritage status by Unesco, including a remote Kenyan settlement and the ancient walled city of Qalhat in Oman, located on the east coast of the sultanate.
"We congratulate the Brotherly Sultanate of Oman for the listing of Qalhat as a World Heritage Site by Unesco," HE Sheikha al-Mayassa tweeted.
Last updated: June 30 2018 10:11 PM
The 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee made the announcement on Friday afternoon following a meeting in Bahrain.
The first to be named was Thimlich Ohinga in Kenya, north-west of the town of Migori. Unesco said the dry-stone walled settlement was probably built in the 16th century, The Guardian reported.
It said the settlement seems to have “served as a fort for communities and livestock, but also defined social entities and relationships linked to lineage” and was the “largest and best preserved of these traditional enclosures”.
“It is an exceptional example of the tradition of massive dry-stone walled enclosures, typical of the first pastoral communities in the Lake Victoria Basin, which persisted until the mid-20th century,” it added.
About Qalhat in Oman, Unesco said: “The city developed as a major port on the east coast of Arabia between the 11th and 15th centuries CE, during the reign of the Hormuz princes. Today it bears unique archaeological testimony to the trade links between the east coast of Arabia, east Africa, India, China and south-east Asia.”
The last to be added on Friday was the Al-Ahsa oasis in Saudi Arabia.
The committee will make decisions on dozens more nominated places over the weekend.
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