The historic Heart of Sharjah could become a World Heritage Site.
Officials from the United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) are set to visit the heritage project in the next two years before making a recommendation which could see part of the emirate joining world-famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt and the temples of ancient Greece as being of noted global significance.
The UAE has had one site on the list since 2011 – the heritage area of Al Ain, including its oases.
The Heart of Sharjah is the oldest part of the emirate and is renowned as a major trading centre with its traditions going back far into the past.
Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, who chairs the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, have formed a task force to nominate the area.
“The Heart of Sharjah has a multitude of historical and heritage sites which have outstanding historical value, as Sharjah served as a point of convergence of civilisations, a transit road for trade caravans on sea and land and a meeting point between people and tribes,” said Sheikha Bodour.
“We will work to add this area of rich heritage to the list of World Heritage Sites to introduce the significant value of the UAE’s history to the world.”
The area is regarded as one of the first which saw the importation of food to the Gulf region as well as being an important centre for pearl diving
During the period the British Empire it was an air-station that connected the west with India.