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Oman Delegation Joins 45th World Heritage Committee Sessions in Riyadh

Beginning on September 10 and lasting through September 25 in Riyadh, the Sultanate of Oman will take part in the 45th World Heritage Committee sessions.

Experts in material cultural heritage from a number of organizations, including the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultan Qaboos University, the Environment Agency, and the Omani National Commission for Education, Culture, and Science, make up the Oman delegation, which is led by H E Dr Hamad bin Saif al Hamami, the sultanate’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

It should be noted that Oman has been a member of the World Heritage Committee since the 44th session, which was held via video conference in China in 2021 after it was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Oman continues to be a member of the aforementioned committee for a period of four years in a row, during which time it contributes significantly to the discussion of the World Heritage list applications submitted by various member states and also offers its opinion in assessing those applications prior to their final approval. There are only three possible outcomes after reviewing files: inclusion and acceptance, sending the file back to the state so that they can make the necessary changes in accordance with the committee’s experts’ technical opinions, or ultimate rejection.

The worldwide list divides the sites into three primary groups depending on their components: cultural heritage sites, natural heritage sites, and mixed sites, which include both the natural aspects of the place and human interventions, signifying a cultural history.

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