The idea of a day set aside to commemorate the world’s heritage – a day on which to highlight the efforts required to protect and conserve heritage and to underscore its vulnerability – was first mooted by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
The proposal was adopted by UNESCO in 1983 and ever since, April 18th has been observed as World Heritage Day the world over.
Fujairah’s Rich Heritage
Ahmed Khalifa Al Shamsi, the Chairman of the Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority, said yesterday while preparing for the local celebration this week, “
- Bidyah Mosque
- Awhala Fort
- Al Hayl Palace
- Bithnah Fort and Village
- Wadi Wurayah
In order to be true to fulfilling the aims of the World Heritage Day in the emirate of
1. Continuing the renovations of the heritage buildings while being true to the original designs.
2. Ensuring that all
3. Creating effective signage so people can visit heritage sites with understanding.
4. Training local people to work as heritage tour guides in all the major sites.
5. Ensuring that there is accurate and interesting information available in many languages to assist tourists and residents.
6. Creating a Welcome and Tourist Information Centre, possibly at the Fujairah Fort.
7. Developing heritage displays and cultural shops at the Fujairah Fort site, especially for short term tourists who are in the emirate for a day e.g. cruise ship visitors.
UNESCO World Heritage Day Celebrated at
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Image: Cruise ship tourists enjoying one of Fujairah's heritage treasures.