Great Desert Landscapes


Great Desert Landscapes is part of the Tentative list of Egypt in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Great Desert Landscapes include The Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea in the Western Desert, and the Wadi Sannur Cave in the Eastern Desert. At the latter limestone cave alabaster was collected.

Map of Great Desert Landscapes

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Philippines - 10-Jan-21 -

Great Desert Landscapes (T) by Boj

I visited one of the three great desert landscape locations - The Great Sand Sea in December 2018, south of Siwa Oasis. 

It is impossible not to be amazed by the massive sand dunes - gold and shining against blue sky and white cotton clouds. There is indeed beauty in the serenity. Our guide said that no one can survive or live in such an inhospitable landscape, and that everyone can only admire the desert from a certain point, but all must return to life and safety.

That temporary bonding of the eyes and soul with the endless waves of sand dunes is the therapy and healing for anyone who visit. 

Full Name
Great Desert Landscapes
Natural landscape - Desert
2003 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Great Desert Landscapes

The site has 3 locations

Great Desert Landscapes: The Qattara Depression (T)
Great Desert Landscapes: The Great Sand Sea (T)
Great Desert Landscapes: The Wadi Sannur Cave (T)
WHS 1997-2024