UNESCO names Jeddah among new World Heritage Sites

June 22, 2014

Jeddah was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites Saturday.  The World Heritage Committee, ‎meeting in Doha, has added Jeddah to the World Heritage List.  Also added to the list were historical ‎monuments and sites in Iraq, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands.  ‎

The historic port city of Jeddah was given recognize for its role as a major Red Sea trade route ‎throughout its 2,500-year history as well as being a gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Makkah who ‎arrived by sea.  The inscription on the World Heritage List. States: “Historic Jeddah, the Gate to ‎Makkah (Saudi Arabia) is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century A.D. it ‎was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Mecca. It was ‎also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea. These twin roles saw the city ‎develop into a thriving multicultural centre, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition, ‎including tower houses built in the late 19th century by the city’s mercantile elites, and combining ‎Red Sea coastal coral building traditions with influences and crafts from along the trade routes.”‎