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Rock Art Hima Added As Saudi Arabia’s Sixth UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hima, within the Gulf state’s southwest, is residence to one of many largest rock artwork complexes on the planet.

Najran, Saudi Arabia:

A sixth web site in Saudi Arabia has been added to UNESCO’s world heritage record, the UN organisation introduced on Saturday.

Hima, within the Gulf state’s southwest, is residence to one of many largest rock artwork complexes on the planet.

“New site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: cultural area of Hima, Saudi Arabia. Mabrouk (congratulations)!” UNESCO introduced.

Hima options greater than 34 separate websites together with rock inscriptions and wells alongside the route of the traditional Arabian caravans.

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, the Saudi tradition minister, welcomed the itemizing, the official SPA information company reported.

The kingdom has a “rich heritage (of) human civilisations. Efforts have borne fruit in making it known to the world,” it quoted him as saying.

SPA mentioned Hima was a conduit for caravans on the commerce and hajj routes to and from the southern elements of Arabia.

“People who passed through the area between pre- and post-historic times have left behind a substantial collection of rock art depicting hunting, wildlife, plants, symbols, and tools used at the time, as well as thousands of inscriptions,” the information company mentioned.

The web site covers 557 sq. kilometres (215 sq. miles).

SPA mentioned the wells within the space are greater than 3,000 years outdated and had been thought of an important supply of recent water within the huge desert of Najran province.

“They still serve fresh water to this day,” it added.

Other UNESCO websites in Saudi Arabia embrace rock artwork within the Hail area and historic Jeddah.

In 2019, Riyadh introduced that for the primary time it could grant vacationer visas for these wishing to go to Saudi Arabia.

Previously, the nation was open solely to businessmen and Muslim pilgrims visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

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