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Khor Dubai

Khor Dubai is part of the Tentative list of UAE in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Community Reviews

Clyde Malta 20-Mar-17

Khor Dubai (T) by Clyde

I visited this tentative WHS in January 2015. Khor Dubai or Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf located in the heart of Dubai.

It is 14 km long and varies from 100 to 500 m wide and ends at the Ras Al-Khor wildlife sanctuary (photo). The creek divides the city into two parts, namely Bur Dubai and Deira, and has played a major role in the economic development of the region throughout history.

The Ras Al-Khor wildlife sanctuary is home to hundreds of pink flamingoes and many other bird species. It lies at the interface between the Arabian Gulf and the Al Awir desert and is a Ramsar coastal wetland

of global importance and a Birdlife Important Bird Area. The peaceful panoramic view from the hides with the Dubai Skyscraper skyline in the distance is worth seeing.

The historical importance of the Dubai creek is hard to grasp the closer you get to the noisy urban hotspot of Dubai apart from the wooden boats (dhows) which nowadays are powered by diesel engines and their berthing spots. Abras are smaller wooden boats powered by oar. Today these are equipped with diesel engines too and are still used to ferry passengers back and forth between Deira, Shindagha and Bur Dubai as well as for sightseeing harbour cruises with stops at the Gold Souk and the Dubai Heritage Village.

Needless to say, I very much enjoyed the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary which was a welcome peaceful place away from the bustling city of Dubai.

I failed to appreciate any OUV but I'd gladly revist should I ever visit the UAE in the near future.

Danelle Kelliher, Australia 16-Sep-12

The best way to see this river is by a cruise along the Khor Dubai. The river is a beautiful scean with heaps of interesting history behind it. Remember to take a hat and lots of suncream as the it it very hot!

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Site History

  • 2017 - Referred 
  • 2017 - Advisory Body overruled ICOMOS advised Not to inscribe
  • 2014 - Advisory Body overruled ICOMOS suggested rejection, because this site is largely based on reconstructions
  • 2014 - Deferred 
  • 2012 - Submitted 

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