Dubai Creek in race for Unesco World Heritage status

Exciting news – the Dubai Creek is one of 30 sites nominated for inclusion in the Unesco World Heritage List, which if granted, could be huge boost for the area! Here’s everything you need to know.

Along with Dubai Creek, this year’s contenders to join Unesco’s world famous list also include: World War I cemeteries, art deco heritage in Mumbai, Italy’s Prosecco hills, the Aasivissuit and Nipisat hunting grounds in the frozen expanses of Greenland and the sun-scorched Al-Ahsa Oasis in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. The decision will be made at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Bahrain, according to a tweet by the Dubai Media Office.

Earning a place on the World Heritage List could be major news. Places with Unesco status are considered to have “outstanding universal value” which can have a huge impact on numbers of tourists visiting and also bring in funding.

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Historically Dubai Creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. Members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled along the Bur Dubai creek area in the 19th century, establishing the city’s Al Maktoum dynasty.

In the early 20th century, the creek served as a minor port for dhows coming from India or East Africa. The creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbour in the city. Dubai’s pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city’s economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s. Today the area still retains its old-world charm and is a popular place for tourists looking to retrace the city’s historical roots.

At the meeting, the World Heritage Committee will also consider whether to remove locations from the list that do not do enough to protect their heritage – although such moves are rare. Under threat this year, over disruptive building work, is the historic centre of Shakhrisyabz in Uzbekistan, once the site of a palace of Turco-Mongol leader Amir Timur, that was added in 2000.

Explore the area and and discover 5 Best Things To Do Around Dubai Creek. Stay at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel which is a short 5 minute taxi ride away. Alternatively, stay at the newly opened Zabeel House MINI or Zabeel House Al Seef by Jumeirah on Dubai Creek.

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