A two-member team from UNESCO kicked off their four-day visit at Dubai Creek – visiting the historic Al Fahidi Area, as reported by Gulf News. Al Fahidi area is one of the proposed UNESCO proposed Heritage Sites, as it offers visitors a glimpse into old Dubai The area of Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood was built in 1859 and was famous for signature wind towers creating an iconic skyline for Dubai. Even today, the wind towers are regarded as a cultural icon of the city.
Dubai Municipality has been proposing Dubai Creek as a World UNESCO Heritage Site since January 2012, and expects the final announcement to be made by June 2014. The two-member delegate team from Unesco will remain in Dubai until Thursday, and will be shown around the rest of Dubai Creek’s 16 heritage sites, which includes Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Dubai Heritage and Diving Village, and the Gold Souq.
After renovation and preservation, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is now a tourist village with a museum, a cultural centre, restaurants and an art gallery. The old Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood district gives a glimpse of old Dubai.
The integrity factor measures how much of the cultural heritage has been preserved with all its parts and attributes, while its authenticity is determined by the shape, design, building materials, usage, traditions, spirit and the feeling of the place. The management criteria evaluates the efforts done by the country to protect the country.
In 2013, the world heritage list included 981 sites within 160 countries.