The Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas) constitute a serial property that testifies to sedentary human occupation of a desert region since the Neolithic period with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures.

Remarkable vestiges in the property include circular stone tombs (ca 2500 B.C.), wells and a wide range of adobe constructions: residential buildings, towers, palaces and administrative buildings. Hili moreover features one of the oldest examples of the sophisticated aflaj irrigation system which dates back to the Iron Age.

The property provides important testimony to the transition of cultures in the region from hunting and gathering to sedentarization.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

Featured sites in this world heritage

  • Jebel Hafit Desert Park
  • Hili Archaeological Park
  • Bidaa Bint Saud
  • Al Ain Oases

Jebel Hafit Desert Park

Hili Archaeological Park

Bidaa Bint Saud

Al Ain Oases

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
United Arab Emirates 
Category
Cultural
Name
Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)(v)
Year of Registered
2011
Keyword
Registered in 2011