Dubai Creek gets spruce-up for World Heritage bid

Dubai Municipality makes final preparations prior to visit by officials from UNESCO
An aerial view of the Dubai Creek. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 25 Sep 2013 03:08 PM

Dubai Municipality is making its final preparations before a visit from UNESCO arrive to assess the eligibility of Dubai Creek to enter the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites, it was reported on Wednesday.

Officials are set to arrive next month to see if the Creek fulfils the requirements of a World Heritage Site.

Dubai Creek is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Al Ain which became the first Emirati city to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.

Rashad Bukhash, director of architectural heritage, Department of Dubai Municipality, said in comments published by news agency WAM: "We submitted the proposal last January, which has already been reviewed by officials from UNESCO, and another expert will be visiting the Creek in October.

"To fulfil the requirements of a World Heritage Site, we will set up a tourist office that will provide tourists and residents with everything they need to know about the creek's importance in Dubai," he added.

Located in the heart of Dubai, the Creek is a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf, 14km long and between 100-500 metres wide.

The Creek divides the city into two parts and has played a major role in the economic development of the region throughout history.

According to reports published by local dailies, the final announcement about the Creek's eligibility is expected to come in June 2014.

Before that, lighting, signage, landscaping, waste collection and toilet facilities will be upgraded.

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