Authorities in the UAE said The Dubai Creek is one of the six locations being considered as world heritage site.
If selected, the creek would join Al Ain on the prestigious list which also includes famous wonders like The Giza pyramids near Cairo, Egypt, and Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) complies a World Heritage list on an yearly basis. The criteria of the list includes creation of a masterpiece of human genius, exhibition of important interchange of human values over a span of time, and display a unique cultural tradition or a civilisation that is contemporary or extinct, among other standards.
“Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) and its surrounding neighbourhood constitute an outstanding and universally valuable site where natural, architectural and cultural components create a unique, urban landscape where influences and human interactions from the entire Gulf region mingle into a coherent and alive ensemble preserving both tangible and intangible heritage values,” according to Unesco’s website.
Today, Dubai Creek is a bustling waterway that attracts thousands of tourists, traders and residents everyday.
Commercial dhows, dinner cruises, abras (boats) and water taxis ply the busy route on a daily basis to ferry cargo, commuters and visitors. Being the historic quarter of Dubai, millions of tourists visit the place to experience history, and shop in the souqs at both sides of the waterway.
In addition to the Dubai Creek, other UAE sites included in the tentative World Heritage site list for this year are: the cemetery of Umm an-Nar Island in Abu Dhabi; Sir Bu Nair Island in Sharjah; the archaeological site of Ed-Dur in Umm Al Quwain; the “Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah”; and Al Bidya Mosque in Fujairah.