Today, Saturday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that the Haima Cultural District in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Hima region contains more than 34 sites, among the petroglyphs and wells along this route of ancient Arab caravans, according to the UNESCO website.
Expeditions have proven that the history of the site extends from the seventh millennium BC to the first millennium BC, as the same source indicates.
“New UNESCO World Heritage Site: Haima Cultural District, Saudi Arabia. Mabrouk (note: Mabrouk in Arabic)!” UNESCO announced.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah, the Saudi Minister of Culture, welcomed the inclusion of the sixth site of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the World Heritage List.
The Kingdom is rich in heritage important to human civilizations. And he announced, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, that the efforts had paid off in introducing it to the world.
The area of Haima, which is considered one of the largest rock art sites in the world, covers an area of 557 square kilometers and includes 550 rock paintings containing “tens of thousands” of inscriptions in many ancient scriptures, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The site would have included one of the main markets on the peninsula, and its wells, the last water point on the northern road or the first on the southern road after crossing the desert, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Saudi Arabia announced in 2019 that it will grant tourist visas for the first time in the country that has until now been open to businessmen and pilgrims visiting the cities of Makkah and Madinah; These two cities remain designated for Muslims only.
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