Jeddah Historic Area named World Heritage Site
Jeddah: The Jeddah Historical Area has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency.
Prince Sultan Bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, announced the inclusion of the historical area in the World Heritage site list after approval at the 38th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which was held in Doha, the Saudi Press Agency reported. “The UNESCO’s decision would further highlight the Kingdom’s historical position and its rich heritage. Prince Sultan commended the efforts made by Makkah Emir Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah and former emirs – Prince Majed Bin Abdulaziz, Prince Abdul Majeed Bin Abdulaziz, and Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,and Jeddah Governor Prince Mishal Bin Majed for working to get the historical area included in the Heritage Site list. Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah, is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century A.D. it was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Makkah.