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Qatar’s ancient town, Al Zubarah, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the first site in the Gulf state to be ranked alongside the list’s other luminaries such as the Pyramids of Giza, and Petra in Jordan.
\nAl Zubarah was a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19th century, and joins several other new entrants to the list.
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The archaeological site has unearthed a number of artifacts, including these cooking utensils.
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The town’s wall foundations can be clearly seen.
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The coastal town was destroyed in 1811 and soon afterwards abandoned.
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The site was an important trading post, founded by merchants from Kuwait and having trade links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia.
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The iconic fort was inaugurated to the list along with – among others – India’s Hill Forts of Rajashtan, Canada’s Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Namibia’s Namib Sand Sea and Mount Fuji in Japan.