Damaty calls on adding more Egyptian sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty has called on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to consider adding more Egyptian archaeological sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Youm7 reported Thursday.

On the occasion of an international conference on Egyptian museums jointly organized by Egypt and UNESCO at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris Wednesday, Damaty and Maria Böhmer, chairperson of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, discussed the possibility of adding a selected list of new sites.

“I urged adding—but not limited to—the temple of Serabit Khadem and the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai, Ras Mohamed nature reserve and the monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi al-Natroun,” said Damaty.

Ancient Thebes (Luxor) with its necropolis, the Historic Cairo area and the Memphis Necropolis are among seven Egyptian properties already listed on the World Heritage List, while another 32 sites are on its tentative list.

The conference was held to boost cooperation between UNESCO and Egypt in the area of museums and the preservation of cultural heritage collections. UNESCO and Egypt’s collaboration in cultural heritage conservation dates back to the 1960s when UNESCO launched an international campaign to save Nubian monuments during the construction of the High Dam.

A delegation from UNESCO also visited Egypt in early September to review and assess cultural heritage projects with Egyptian authorities.

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