Al Ain World Heritage Site
Al Ain’s cultural sites were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in June 2011. Al Ain World Heritage Site comprises six oases and a number of archaeological and cultural sites all in three distinct landscapes:
- The oasis
- The desert
- The mountain
The inscription of Al Ain was based on its Outstanding Universal Value - a testimony of an important culture that has left its mark on the history of world civilisation.
Al Ain’s cultural sites represent people’s ability to overcome the challenges of a harsh natural environment with scarce resources, and to develop distinctive, unique and exceptional achievements in human subsistence, agriculture and irrigation, long distance trade, community relationships, architecture and funereal traditions. As the UAE’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the inscription has brought international recognition to the heritage of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE.