Four historical areas in the UAE emirate of Ras Al Khaima have been included in the tentative list of global heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
As reported by state news agency WAM, the sites include an old pearling town (Jazirah al-Hamra), a medieval port city (Julfar), megalithic stone tombs (Shamal), and a diverse oasis (Dhayah).
These places represent 5,000 years of the county’s history. As an example, Julfar was a key port-city for international trade for centuries whileJazirat al-Hamra is the best-preserved pearling town in the Gulf. The sites at Dhayah and Shimal, meanwhile offer a record of distant past as well as UAE more recent history.
So far, only Al Ain has been formally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in UAE.