The date palm oases of Al Ain and Liwa in Abu Dhabi have been recognised as important heritage sites in the field of agriculture by the United Nations.
The global body’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said their importance to Arabic culture as well as bio-diversity and genetic make-up made them notable.
The sites are important in cultivation of the food crop and join a growing drive by the UN to formally acknowledge ecosystems.
Two joint projects involving the UAE and UN are currently underway in the area concerning water use and pest management.
Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO director-general, said: “Advancing towards the future while preserving your roots is not an easy task but the UAE has been able to do that with sustainable date palm production.”