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New KSA Site Added To UNESCO World Heritage List!

Saudi Arabia is buzzing with excitement as the site of Uruq Bani Ma’arid Reserve steals the spotlight, earning a well-deserved spot on UNESCO‘s prestigious World Heritage list.

This isn’t just an achievement; it’s a historic moment. Uruq Bani Ma’arid Reserve has become the first UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, and it’s now the seventh jewel in the country’s UNESCO crown, alongside other treasures like Al Ahsa Oasis, Al Hikr Archaeological Site, and more.

A New Saudi Arabian Site On UNESCO World Heritage List: Uruq Bani Ma'arid Reserve

A SCENIC 12,750 square kilometers of awe-inspiring terrain nestled along the western edge of the formidable Ar-Rub al-Khali, or as we know it, The Empty Quarter. It’s not just any desert; it’s the only major sand desert in tropical Asia. It boasts the title of the largest continuous sand sea on Earth. Its sand dunes reach for the sky, like nature’s own skyscrapers.

The fantastic news was shared by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture, Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, just in time for the 93rd Saudi National Day. Talk about an epic pre-celebration!

A New Saudi Arabian Site On UNESCO World Heritage List!  Uruq Bani Ma'arid Reserve
UNESCO World Heritage Committee Session in Riyadh

The decision to bestow UNESCO status upon Saudi Arabia’s Uruq Bani Ma’arid Reserve was made during the 45th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, hosted in none other than Riyadh. It’s like the world came to Saudi Arabia to witness its natural wonder – a true global acknowledgment of its significance.

Uruq Bani Ma'arid Reserve
The Breathtaking Biodiversity

What sets this reserve apart is its magical blend of breathtaking natural beauty and thriving biodiversity. It’s like a canvas painted by the hand of nature, home to over 120 indigenous plant species. It is also a refuge for endangered animals that have mastered the art of survival in extreme conditions. Think gazelles and Arabian Oryx.

Uruq Bani Ma'arid Reserve

This UNESCO World Heritage recognition isn’t just a feather in Saudi Arabia’s cap; it’s an open invitation to the world. It’s an invitation to explore, connect with nature, and appreciate the treasures our planet holds.