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Salt to be nominated as UNESCO world heritage site

Jordan already has five sites listed as world heritage sites, and 14 others on nomination list

By JT - Jul 03,2017 - Last updated at Jul 03,2017

A general view of the Old City of Salt, 35km northwest of Amman (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun)

AMMAN — Tourism Minister Lina Annab is scheduled to head Jordan’s delegation to the 41st session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Monday.

Annab said that the session’s agenda includes nominating Salt’s historical town, 35km northwest of Amman, to be listed as a world heritage site.

The session will be held between July 5-12, in the Polish city of Kraków, Petra said.

A local team of specialised experts has been formed to follow up on the process in coordination with the Department of Antiquities (DoA) and Salt Greater Municipality.

The ministry has also formed a team of experts to follow up on Salt’s nomination and another team of historians from the University of Jordan  to draft the historical aspect of the nomination file.

Jordan already counts five places listed as world heritage sites, which are Petra, Um Arassas, Wadi Rum, the Baptism Site (Bethany) and Qusseir Amrah. 

Fourteen other sites are currently on the nomination list.

The session’s agenda will also include discussions related to Petra and Um Arassas, Annab said.

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