Three MEA sites added to UNESCO World Heritage list
Qalhat, Al-Ahsa Oasis and Thimlich Ohinga archeological site were inscribed during the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain
Three new cultural sites from Middle East and Africa have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list. This includes Kenya’s Thimlich Ohinga archeological site, Oman’s ancient city of Qalhat and Al-ahsa Oasis in Saudi Arabia.
The three sites were inscribed during the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama under the chair of Shaikha Haya Bint Rashed al-Khalifa of Bahrain.
Thimlich Ohinga archeological site is situated in north-west of the town of Migori in Kenya in the Lake Victoria region. The walled settlement is assumed to have been built in the 16th century CE.
Qalhat is located on the east coast of Oman and developed as a major port between the 11th and 15th centuries CE.
With nearly 2.5 million date palms, Al-Ahsa is the largest oasis in the world and consists historic fortresses, mosques, wells, canals and other water management system.